Alejandro G. Iñárritu Wins DGA Award for ‘The Revenant’

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu is seeing double after winning his second consecutive Directors Guild of America Award for “The Revenant” on Saturday.

Iñárritu is the first director in DGA history to take the trophy back-to-back after winning last year for “Birdman.” The director tearfully dedicated his award to the Latino community.

“This hug and this embrace that you are giving to me today goes to a whole country—to a whole Latin American community in this country,” Iñárritu said.

The director bested first-time nominees Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), and George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), as well as four-time nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian”). Iñárritu, McCarthy, McKay, and Miller are all up for the Oscar later this month alongside Lenny Abrahamson for “Room.”

The Oscar race is thrown for a loop now that each of the three major guilds awarded different films. The Producers Guild of America Award went to “The Big Short,” while the Screen Actors Guild awarded the “Spotlight” ensemble.

The last three-way split in 2004 resulted in DGA winner “Million Dollar Baby” defeating PGA winner “The Aviator” and SAG winner “Sideways” for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Alex Garland won the DGA’s inaugural first-time feature award for “Ex Machina.” Garland directed from his own script, which is nominated for an Oscar.

Additionally, Matthew Heineman won the documentary award for “Cartel Land” centered on Mexico’s drug war. The film is nominated for an Academy Award, alongside fellow DGA nominees “Amy” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

Meanwhile, HBO swept the major television awards.

David Nutter (“Game of Thrones”) won the drama series award for the episode “Mother’s Mercy,” and Chris Addison (“Veep”) won the comedy series award for the episode “Election Night.”

Dee Rees won her first DGA Award for the television film “Bessie,” starring Queen Latifah, about legendary blues performer Bessie Smith.

Check out a full list of DGA Award winners below.


Feature Film
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU
The Revenant
(20th Century Fox)
Unit Production Managers: Drew Locke, James W. Skotchdopole, Doug Jones
First Assistant Director: Scott Robertson
Second Assistant Directors: Megan M. Shank, Matthew Haggerty, Jeremy Marks
Unit Production Manager: Gabriela Vazquez (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
First Assistant Director: Adam Somner (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
Second Assistant Directors: Trevor R. Tavares, Jasmine Marie Alhambra (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
Second Second Assistant Directors: Brett Robinson, Kasia Trojak (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

ALEX GARLAND
Ex Machina
(A24)
Unit Production Manager: Sara Desmond
First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall‑Smith
Second Assistant Director: Ray Kenny

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
DAVID NUTTER
Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy” (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
CHRIS ADDISON
Veep, “Election Night” (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries
DEE REES
Bessie (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
MATTHEW HEINEMAN
Cartel Land
The Orchard; A&E Indie Films, Our Time Projects, The Documentary Group, Whitewater Films

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials
DON ROY KING
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming
DAVE DIOMEDI
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, “Episode #325” (NBC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
ADAM VETRI
Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Gods of War” (CMT)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials
ANDREAS NILSSON
(Biscuit Filmworks)
Emily’s Oz, Comcast – Goodby, Silverstein & Partners NY
Time Upon A Once, General Electric – BBDO
Dad Song, Old Spice – Wieden + Kennedy

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs
KENNY ORTEGA
Descendants (Disney Channel)

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