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61st Directors Guild of America Awards

The 61st Directors Guild of America Awards, honoring the outstanding directorial achievements in films, documentary and television in 2008, were presented on January 31, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.[1][2][3] The ceremony was hosted by Carl Reiner.[4] The nominees in the feature film category were announced on January 8, 2009,[5] and the nominations for directorial achievement in television, documentaries and commercials were announced on January 9, 2009.[6]

61st Directors Guild of America Awards
DateJanuary 31, 2009 (2009-01-31)
LocationHyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Presented byDirectors Guild of America
Hosted byCarl Reiner
Best Director Feature Film:Slumdog MillionaireDanny Boyle
Best Director Documentary:Waltz with BashirAri Folman

Winners and nomineesEdit


Feature Film

Danny BoyleSlumdog Millionaire


Ari FolmanWaltz with Bashir


Drama Series

Dan AttiasThe Wire for "Transitions"

Comedy Series

Paul FeigThe Office for "Dinner Party"

Miniseries or TV Film

Jay RoachRecount

Musical Variety

Bucky GuntsOpening Ceremony Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games

Daytime Serials

Larry CarpenterOne Life to Live for "So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco's Father?"

Reality Programs

Tony Croll – America's Next Top Model for "Episode #1002"

Children's Programs

Amy SchatzClassical Baby for "The Poetry Show"



Peter Thwaites – Barclaycard's "Waterslide" and Guinness' "Light Show"

Frank Capra Achievement AwardEdit

  • Kim Kurumada

Robert B. Aldrich Service AwardEdit

  • William M. Brady

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement AwardEdit

  • Scott Berger

Honorary Life MemberEdit


  1. ^ Finke, Nikki (January 31, 2009). "'Slumdog' Director Danny Boyle Wins DGA". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  2. ^ King, Susan (February 1, 2009). "Directors Guild names Danny Boyle best director for 'Slumdog Millionaire'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. ^ "All Winners of 2008 DGA Awards and Special Award Recipients". Directors Guild of America. January 31, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "DGA Sets Host and Presenters for 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner". Directors Guild of America. January 26, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Garrett, Diane (January 8, 2009). "DGA unveils director nominees". Variety. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (January 9, 2009). "'Mad Men,' '30 Rock' top DGA noms". Variety. Retrieved January 20, 2018.

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