It’s awards season, and now it’s time for the Directors Guild of America to weigh in. The organization recognized the best achievements in directing, and this year HBO emerged on top, picking up six of the 10 nominations between Drama and Comedy. There are also three nominations for FX and one for Netflix, but the major networks got shut out in the top categories.
For Drama, the Game of Thrones epic “Battle of the Bastards” will contend against the pilots of two new shows, Westworld and Stranger Things, plus a pair of episodes from The People v. O.J. Simpson, which is being considered in the series category and not miniseries.
For Comedy, the competition is simple: two episodes of Veep, two episodes of Silicon Valley and one episode of Atlanta directed by star Donald Glover. This marks the first time Modern Family has not been nominated by the DGA and the first time ever that no major networks were nominated in either series category. As recently as three years, all five of the Comedy nominees came from broadcast television.
In the other major categories for TV, the live musicals of Hairspray and Grease are both nominated while Full Frontal with Samantha Bee impressively picked up two nominations in its first season.
Game of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards”
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “From the Ashes of Tragedy”
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “The Race Card”
Stranger Things, “Chapter 1: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Westworld, “The Original”
Silicon Valley, “Daily Active Users”
Silicon Valley, “Founder Friendly”
TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
All the Way
The Night Of, “The Beach”
CBS Sunday Morning
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, “A Very Special Full Frontal Special”
The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special
Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House
The 70th Annual Tony Awards
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come
The Amazing Race
Adventures in Babysitting
An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street
A Nutcracker Christmas
(Image courtesy of HBO)