January 26, 2020

Directors Guild Awards 2020: Sam Mendes Wins Top Prize for ‘1917’
Sam Mendes has been named the best feature-film director of 2019 by the Directors Guild of America, which handed out its annual awards on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles.The win makes the “1917” director a commanding front-runner in the Oscar race for Best Directors — and coupled with his film’s victory at the Producers Guild Awards last week, makes the World War I drama the favorite to win Best Picture winner as well.Mendes beat his fellow Oscar nominees Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”) and Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), as well as “Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi.The DGA Award is one of the most reliable Oscar predictors, with the winner going on to win the Academy Award for Best Director for the last six years in a row, 15 times in the last 16 years and 62 times in 71 years.In addition, the film whose director wins the DGA historically has a greater than 75 percent chance of winning the Best Picture Oscar, but that figure has been slipping lately. The two awards have coincided only twice in the last six years, with “The Shape of Water” two years ago and “Birdman” in 2014. The other three years, Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA and the Best Director awards for “Gravity,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “The Revenant,” Damien Chazelle for “La La Land” and Cuarón again for “Roma,” while the Best Picture Oscars went to “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight,” “Moonlight” and “Green Book,” respectively.Also Read: 'American Factory' Named Top Documentary at Cinema Eye HonorsAlma Har’el, one of three female directors in the first-time feature directing category, won for her work on “Honey Boy,” while Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert won the documentary award for “American Factory.”Bill Hader won the comedy-series award for the “ronny/lily” episode of his TV series “Barry.” The drama-series award went to Nicole Kassell, one of two directors nominated for different episodes of “Watchmen.” The television movie or limited series award went to Johan Renck for “Chernobyl.”Don Roy King won an award for directing an episode of “Saturday Night Live” for the fourth consecutive year, while James Burrows and Andy Fisher won for “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’.”Also Read: Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Emmy Winner at 97The DGA is the third of the four major Hollywood guilds to announce its awards. The Screen Actors Guild gave its ensemble-acting award to “Parasite,” while the Producers Guild chose “1917” as the best-produced film of 2019.The last of the major guilds, the Writers Guild, will announce its awards on Feb. 1.Also Read: '1917' Named Top Film at Producers Guild AwardsHere is the complete list of Directors Guild Award nominees. Winners are indicated by **WINNER.Feature Film Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” Sam Mendes, “1917” **WINNER Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman” Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”First-Time Feature Film Mati Diop, “Atlantics” Alma Har’el, “Honey Boy” **WINNER Melina Matsoukas, “Queen & Slim” Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” Joe Talbot, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”Documentary Feature Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, “American Factory” **WINNER Feras Fayyad, “The Cave” Alex Holmes, “Maiden” Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska, “Honeyland” Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, “One Child Nation”Dramatic Series Nicole Kassell, “Watchmen,” “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” **WINNER Mark Mulod, “Succession,” “This Is Not For Tears” David Nutter, “Game of Thrones,” “The Last of the Starks” Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones,” “The Long Night” Stephen Williams, “Watchmen,” “This Extraordinary Being”Comedy Series Dan Attias, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “It’s the Sixties, Man!” Bill Hader, “Barry,” “ronny/lily” **WINNER David Mandel, “Veep,” “Veep” Amy Sherman Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” Dan Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Marvelous Radio”Movies for Television and Limited Series Ava DuVernay, “When They See Us” Vince Gilligan, “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” Thomas Kail, “Fosse/Verdon,” “Nowadays” Johan Renck, “Chernobyl” **WINNER Minkie Spiro, “Fosse/Verdon,” “All I Care About Is Love” Jessica Yu, “Fosse/Verdon, “”Glory”Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regular Scheduled Programming Paul G. Casey, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” “1730” Nora S. Gerard, “CBS Sunday Morning,” “40th Anniversary” Jim Hoskinson, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “A. Ocasio-Cortez; Incubus” Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” “E. Murphy; Lizzo” **WINNER Paul Pennolino, Christopher Werner, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “SLAPP Suits”Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials James Burrows, Andy Fisher, “Live in Front of a Studio Audience Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” **WINNER Spike Jonze, “Aziz Ansari: Right Now” Stan Lathan, “Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones” Linda Mendoza, “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” Glenn Weiss, “The 91st Annual Academy AwardsReality Programs Hisham Abed, “Queer Eye,” “Black Girl Magic” Jason Cohen, “Encore!,” “Annie” **WINNER Jon Favreau, “The Chef Show,” “Hog Island” Ashley S. Gorman, “First Responders Live,” “103” Patrick McManus, “American Ninja Warrior,” “1116 Las Vegas National Finals Night 4”Children’s Programs Dean Israelite, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” “Part One: Submitted for Your Approval” Jack Jameson, “Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Special” Luke Matheny, “Ghostwriter,” “Ghost in Wonderland, Part 1” Amy Schatz, “Song of Parkland” **WINNER Barry Sonnenfeld, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Penultimate Peril: Part 1”Commercials Fredrik Bond (MJZ) “Lighter Than Air,” HP Elite Dragonfly – Media Monks “Take it Lightly,” Coca-Cola Light – Ingo “Nap,” iPhoneApple Spike Jonze (MJZ) **WINNER “Dream It,” Squarespace – Squarespace “The New Normal,” Medmen – Mekanism Mark Molloy (Smuggler) “Underdogs,” Apple – Apple Ridley Scott (RSA Films) “The Seven Worlds,” Hennessy X.O. – DDB Paris Dougal Wilson (Furlined) “Train,” AT&T – BBDO NYRead original story Directors Guild Awards 2020: Sam Mendes Wins Top Prize for ‘1917’ At TheWrap
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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