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Christopher Nolan wins top prize for 'Oppenheimer'

Showbiz Desk
11 Feb 2024 18:26:04 | Update: 11 Feb 2024 18:26:04
Christopher Nolan wins top prize for 'Oppenheimer'

Christopher Nolan received the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday night, securing his first DGA Award for the historical epic “Oppenheimer.”

The acclaimed British director, known for his knack for crafting commercially successful yet intricately layered blockbusters, finally secured the top honour at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards in Los Angeles.

Expressing his gratitude, Nolan, the mastermind behind the film chronicling the invention of the atomic bomb, remarked, "The idea that my peers would think I deserve this means everything to me."

Nolan, who had been nominated four times previously for the DGA's top accolade but had yet to secure a win, including for notable works like "Memento", "The Dark Knight", "Inception" and "Dunkirk," is now eyeing a potential breakthrough at the upcoming Oscars, where he has faced disappointment in his five prior nominations.

Acknowledging the collaborative effort behind his ambitious cinematic visions, Nolan credited his filmmaking team for their role in bringing "Oppenheimer" to life, including the remarkable recreation of the first atomic bomb test.

While Nolan's success at the DGA Awards often sets a precedent for Oscar triumphs, he faces stiff competition from directors such as Martin Scorsese and Yorgos Lanthimos at the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony.

In light of the Oscars controversy surrounding Greta Gerwig's absence from the nominations for her direction of the feminist satire "Barbie," Jonah Hill took a light-hearted approach, jesting about the film's nominations shortfall.

DGA president Lesli Linka Glatter opened the 2024 DGA Awards ceremony with an acknowledgment of last year’s historic double strike. She expressed gratitude for being back on set and highlighted the importance of fair contracts for all industry workers.

Host Judd Apatow also referenced last year’s strike, humorously mentioning his acceptance of the DGA's initial offer. Throughout the evening, the five directors nominated for the top prize were awarded medallions following presentations of their nominated features.

The DGA Awards also recognised achievements in television, with notable winners including "The Last of Us" for best drama series episode and "The Bear" for comedy.

Here is a list of nominees and winners for the 76th annual DGA Awards:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film

Greta Gerwig, Barbie
Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things
Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer (WINNER)
Alexander Payne, The Holdovers
Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon

Michael Apted Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Theatrical Feature Film

Cord Jefferson, American Fiction
Manuela Martelli, Chile ’76
Noora Niasari, Shayda
A.V. Rockwell, A Thousand and One
Celine Song, Past Lives (WINNER)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Peter Hoar, The Last of Us, “Long, Long Time” (WINNER)
Becky Martin, Succession, “Rehearsal”
Mark Mylod, Succession, “Connor’s Wedding”
Andrij Parekh, Succession, “America Decides”
Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, Succession, “Tailgate Party”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Erica Dunton, Ted Lasso, “La Locker Room Aux Folles”
Bill Hader, Barry, “wow”
Declan Lowney, Ted Lasso, “So Long, Farewell”
Christopher Storer, The Bear, “Fishes” (WINNER)
Ramy Youssef, The Bear, “Honeydew”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series

Shawn Levy, All the Light We Cannot See
Tara Miele, Lessons in Chemistry, “Introduction to Chemistry”
Millicent Shelton, Lessons in Chemistry, “Poirot”
Sarah Adina Smith, Lessons in Chemistry, “Her and Him” (WINNER)
Nzingha Stewart, Daisy Jones & The Six, “Track 10: Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

Paul G. Casey, Real Time with Bill Maher, “Episode 2117”
Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Jan. 19, 2023: Rep. Adam Kinzinger; Meet Me at the Altar; Special appearance by Harvey Guillén”
Michael Mancini and Liz Patrick, Saturday Night Live, “Pedro Pascal / Coldplay” (WINNER)
David Paul Meyer, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, “Singer Charley Crockett Performs “Name on a Billboard” and Discusses New Album with Jordan Klepper“
Paul Pennolino, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “Episode 1018: Dollar Stores

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

Joel Gallen, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage
Stan Lathan, Dave Chappelle: The Dreamer
Linda Mendoza, Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer
Paul Miller, Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love (WINNER)
Glenn Weiss, The 95th Annual Academy Awards

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

Niharika Desai, Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss, “Happiness is a Bottle of Cod Liver Oil” (WINNER)
Ken Fuchs, The Golden Bachelor, “Premiere”
Joseph Guidry and Alexandra Lipsitz, Project Greenlight: A New Generation, “PGL vs. Gray Matter Problem”
Rich Kim, Lego Masters, “Is It Brick?”
Patrick McManus, American Ninja Warrior, “Season 15 Finale”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

James Bobin, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, “I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-Algebra Teacher”
Destin Daniel Cretton, American Born Chinese, “What Guy Are You”
Rob Letterman, Goosebumps, “Say Cheese and Die”
Amy Schatz, Stand Up & Shout: Songs From a Philly High School (WINNER)
Dinh Thai, American Born Chinese, “A Monkey on a Quest”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Moses Bwayo and Christopher Sharp, Bobi Wine: The People’s President
Mstyslav Chernov, 20 Days in Mariupol (WINNER)
Madeleine Gavin, Beyond Utopia
Davis Guggenheim, Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
D. Smith, Kokomo City