Jane Campion was a big winner at the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2021. Per the DGA, the winners were announced on Saturday during the 74th Annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Campion won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for The Power of the Dog. This is a nice win for Campion ahead of the Academy Awards later this month in which Campion and the film have been nominated for 12 awards.
Judd Apatow hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 800 guests. Presenters included: Pamela Adlon, Stephanie Beatriz, Kathryn Bigelow, LeVar Burton, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Ernest Dickerson, Kirsten Dunst, Andrew Garfield, Leila George, Louis J. Horvitz, Ken Jeong, Natasha Lyonne, Michael Mann, Rita Moreno, Christopher Nolan, Jesse Plemons, Martin Scorsese, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, and Chloé Zhao.
Campion’s win is her second DGA Award nomination, as she was previously nominated in this category in 1993 for The Piano. Other winners include Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Lost Daughter) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director; Mark Mylod (Succession, “All the Bells Say”) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series; Lucia Aniello (Hacks, “There Is No Line”) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series; and Barry Jenkins (The Underground Railroad) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series.
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Other winners were Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live, “Keegan-Michael Key; Olivia Rodrigo”) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety / Talk / News / Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming; Paul Dugdale (Adele: One Night Only) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety / Talk / News / Sports – Specials; Adam Vetri (Getaway Driver“Electric Shock) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs; Smriti Mundhra (Through Our Eyes, “Shelter”) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs; Bradford Young (Serial Pictures x Somesuch) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials; and Standley Nelson (Attica) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.
Renowned director Spike Lee was the recipient of the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Feature Film. This award, which is given to a Director in recognition of distinguished achievement in motion picture direction, is the Guild’s highest honor and the recipient is selected by the present and past presidents of the Guild. Joseph P. Reidy received the Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America. Garry W. Hood received the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of service to the industry and to the Directors Guild of America.
The Power of the Dog is streaming on Netflix. Written and directed by Jane Campion and based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It is up for 12 awards at the Oscars, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Campion. The film is also up for Best Picture.
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