DGA Awards


Nominees Announced: January 13, 2016
Winners Announced: February 6, 2016


Feature Film Director
◊Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

First-Time Feature Film Director
Fernando Coimbra, A Wolf at the Door
Joel Edgerton, The Gift
◊Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Laszlo Nemes, Son of Saul

Documentary Director
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Meru
Liz Garbus, What Happened, Miss Simone?
Alex Gibney, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
◊Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land
Asif Kapadia, Amy


Drama Series Director
Michael Engler, Downton Abbey– “(Episode 8)”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland- “The Tradition of Hospitality”
◊David Nutter, Game of Thrones- “Mother’s Mercy”
Steven Soderbergh, The Knick- “Williams and Walker”
Matthew Weiner, Mad Men- “Person to Person”

Comedy Series Director
◊Chris Addison, Veep– “Election Night”
Louis C.K., Louie– “Sleepover”
Mike Judge, Silicon Valley– “Binding Arbitration”
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family– “White Christmas”
Jill Soloway, Transparent– “Kina Hora”


Movie/Mini-Series Director 
Angela Bassett, Whitney
Laurie Collyer, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Paul Haggis, Show Me a Hero
Kenny Leon/Matthew Diamond, The Wiz Live
Dee Rees, Bessie

Variety, Talk, News, and Sports Series Director
Paul G. Casey, Real Time With Bill Maher(#1334)”
◊Dave Diomedi, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon(#325)”
Don Roy King, Saturday Night LiveHost: Tracy Morgan”
Ryan McFaul/Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer12 Angry Men”
Chuck O’Neil, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart– “(#20142)”

Variety, Talk, News, and Sports Specials Director
Sofia Coppola, A Very Murray Christmas
Hamish Hamilton, “87th Annual Academy Awards”
◊Don Roy King, “SNL 40th Anniversary Special”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, “Adele: Live in New York City”
Chris Rock, “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo”

Reality Director
Brady O’Connell, The Great Christmas Light Fight– “(#304)”
Ken Fuchs, Shark Tank– “(#702)”
Steve Hryniewicz, Cutthroat Kitchen- “(Finale)”
Bertram van Munster, The Amazing RaceBring the Fun, Baby!”
Adam Verti, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge- “Gods of War”

Children’s Program Director
Paul Hoen, Invisible Sister
Joseph Mazzarino, Sesame Street- “The Cookie Thief”
◊Kenny Ortega, Descendants
Amy Schatz, Saving My Tomorrow– Part 3
Sasie Sealy – Gortimer’s Life on Normal Street- “Gortimer and the Vengeul Violinist”

Commercials Director
Juan Cabral
Miles Jay
Tom Kuntz
◊Andreas Nilsson
Steve Rogers