The Directors Guild of America revealed the nominees for its 69th annual DGA Awards.  Tina Mabry (Queen Sugar, Mississippi Damned) received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs for her work on Amazon special Melody 1963: Love Has To Win starring Blackish actress Marsai Martin.

Melody 1963 tells the story of a 10-year-old Detroit girl who has just been slapped with the ugly truth that a hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation, much of America still didn’t want to give black folks equal opportunity.  The special is an Amazon adaptation on American Girl’s original created stories written by Denise Lewis Patrick, and falls under a multi-year, multi-million dollar production deal Amazon inked earlier this year with Mattel subsidiary American Girl to produce four live-action specials based on the company’s popular American Girl line of dolls and books.

In addition to Mabry, Moonlight director BarryJenkins was nominated for the best feature film directing award, and in the category of first-time feature directors, a new award the Guild introduced last year to celebrate up-and-coming directors, Nate Parker received a nomination for The Birth of a Nation.

The winners of the 69th annual DGA Awards will be announced on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Check out the full list of nominations below! Congrats to Tina Mabry for this well deserved honor!

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “From the Ashes of Tragedy”
John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “The Race Card”
Jonathan Nolan, Westword, “The Original”
Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards”Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, “Daily Active Users”
Mike Judge, Silicon Valley, “Founder Friendly”
Donald Glover, Atlanta, “B.A.N.”
Becky Martin, Veep, “Inauguration”
Dale Stern, Veep, “Mother”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series
Raymond de Felitta, Madoff
Thomas Kail (directed by) and Alex Rudzinski (live television direction by), Grease Live!
Kenny Leon (directed by) and Alex Rudzinski (live television direction by), Hairspray Live!
Jay Roach, All the Way
Steven Zaillian, The Night Of, “The Beach”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming
Paul G. Casey, Real Time With Bill Maher, “Show #1437”
Nora Gerard, CBS Sunday Morning, “Charles Osgood Farewell Broadcast”
Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, “Episode #0179”
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live, “Host: David Chappelle”
Paul Pennolino, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, “Episode #1030”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials
Jerry Foley, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 – The Best is Yet to Come
Tim Mancinelli, The Late Late Show with James Corden, “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special”
Linda Mendoza, Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House
Paul Myers, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, “A Very Special Full Frontal Special”
Glenn Weiss, The 70th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
Ken Fuchs, Shark Tank, “801”
John Gonzalez, Live PD, “Episode 5”
Brian Smith, STRONG, “Welcome to STRONG”
J. Rupert Thompson, American Grit, “The Finale – Over the Falls”
Bertram Van Munster, The Amazing Race, “We’re Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs
Liz Allen, The Kicks, “Pilot”
Alethea Jones, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, “Gortimer and the Jacks of All Trades”
Michael Lembeck, A Nutcracker Christmas
Tina Mabry, An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win
John Schultz, Adventures in Babysitting

 

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