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Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film

The Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures is one of the annual awards given by Directors Guild of America. With 3 wins out of 11 nominations, Steven Spielberg is both the most awarded and most nominated director for this category in the history of DGA. Additionally, Alejandro G. Iñárritu is the only director to win consecutive awards. He was awarded in 2015 and 2016 for his directorial work in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Revenant, respectively.


Predicting Oscar’s OutcomeEdit

The Directors Guild of America Award for Feature Film has traditionally been a near perfect barometer for both Best Director and Best Picture Academy Awards.

Only seven times since the DGA Award's inception has the DGA Award winner not won the Academy Award; in 1968 (Carol Reed won the Oscar for directing Oliver!); 1972 (Bob Fosse won the Oscar for directing Cabaret); 1985 (Sydney Pollack won the Oscar for directing Out of Africa, as Steven Spielberg was not nominated for directing The Color Purple); 1995 (Mel Gibson won for directing Braveheart, as Ron Howard was not nominated for directing Apollo 13); 2000 (Steven Soderbergh won the Oscar for directing Traffic); 2002 (Roman Polanski won the Oscar for directing The Pianist); and 2012 (Ang Lee won the Oscar for directing Life of Pi as Ben Affleck was not nominated for directing Argo). This does not count 1948–49, when the DGA used a non-calendar award year (unlike the Academy Awards); both 1948 and 1949 DGA winners competed for the 1949 Academy Award for Best Director, which went to the 1948 DGA winner (Joseph L. Mankiewicz for A Letter to Three Wives).

Conversely, sixteen times has the representing film directed by the DGA winner not gone on to win Best Picture, as recently as 2016 (for La La Land).

Winners and nomineesEdit







Year Winners and nominees Film
1990 Kevin Costner † †† Dances with Wolves
Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part III
Barry Levinson Avalon
Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
Giuseppe Tornatore Cinema Paradiso
1991 Jonathan Demme † †† The Silence of the Lambs
Barry Levinson Bugsy
Ridley Scott Thelma and Louise
Oliver Stone JFK
Barbra Streisand The Prince of Tides
1992 Clint Eastwood † †† Unforgiven
Robert Altman The Player
James Ivory Howards End
Neil Jordan The Crying Game
Rob Reiner A Few Good Men
1993 Steven Spielberg † †† Schindler's List
Jane Campion The Piano
Andrew Davis The Fugitive
James Ivory The Remains of the Day
Martin Scorsese The Age of Innocence
1994 Robert Zemeckis † †† Forrest Gump
Frank Darabont The Shawshank Redemption
Mike Newell Four Weddings and a Funeral
Robert Redford Quiz Show
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
1995 Ron Howard Apollo 13
Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas
Mel Gibson † †† Braveheart
Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility
Michael Radford Il Postino: The Postman
1996 Anthony Minghella † †† The English Patient
Joel Coen Fargo
Cameron Crowe Jerry Maguire
Scott Hicks Shine
Mike Leigh Secrets and Lies
1997 James Cameron † †† Titanic
James L. Brooks As Good as It Gets
Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
Steven Spielberg Amistad
Gus Van Sant Good Will Hunting
1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan
Roberto Benigni Life Is Beautiful
John Madden ‡ †† Shakespeare in Love
Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line
Peter Weir The Truman Show
1999 Sam Mendes † †† American Beauty
Frank Darabont The Green Mile
Spike Jonze Being John Malkovich
Michael Mann The Insider
M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense


Year Winners and nominees Film
2000 Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Cameron Crowe Almost Famous
Ridley Scott ‡ †† Gladiator
Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich
Steven Soderbergh Traffic
2001 Ron Howard † †† A Beautiful Mind
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!
Christopher Nolan Memento
Ridley Scott Black Hawk Down
2002 Rob Marshall ‡ †† Chicago
Stephen Daldry The Hours
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Roman Polanski The Pianist
Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York
2003 Peter Jackson † †† The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Clint Eastwood Mystic River
Gary Ross Seabiscuit
Peter Weir Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
2004 Clint Eastwood † †† Million Dollar Baby
Marc Forster Finding Neverland
Taylor Hackford Ray
Alexander Payne Sideways
Martin Scorsese The Aviator
2005 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck
Paul Haggis ‡ †† Crash
Bennett Miller Capote
Steven Spielberg Munich
2006 Martin Scorsese † †† The Departed
Bill Condon Dreamgirls
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris Little Miss Sunshine
Stephen Frears The Queen
Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel
2007 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen † †† No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton
Sean Penn Into the Wild
Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2008 Danny Boyle † †† Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant Milk
2009 Kathryn Bigelow † †† The Hurt Locker
James Cameron Avatar
Lee Daniels Precious
Jason Reitman Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds


Year Winners and nominees Film
2010 Tom Hooper † †† The King's Speech
Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
David Fincher The Social Network
Christopher Nolan Inception
David O. Russell The Fighter
2011 Michel Hazanavicius † †† The Artist
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
David Fincher The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Alexander Payne The Descendants
Martin Scorsese Hugo
2012 Ben Affleck †† Argo
Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper Les Misérables
Ang Lee Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg Lincoln
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen ‡ †† 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell American Hustle
Martin Scorsese The Wolf of Wall Street
2014 Alejandro G. Iñárritu † †† Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
Clint Eastwood American Sniper
Richard Linklater Boyhood
Morten Tyldum The Imitation Game
2015 Alejandro G. Iñárritu The Revenant
Tom McCarthy ‡ †† Spotlight
Adam McKay The Big Short
George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott The Martian
2016 Damien Chazelle La La Land
Garth Davis Lion
Barry Jenkins ‡ †† Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve Arrival
2017 Guillermo del Toro † †† The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan Dunkirk
Jordan Peele Get Out

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