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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.

The Directors Guild of America Award for Feature Film has traditionally been a near perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. 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).


Winners and nomineesEdit







Year Winners and nominees Film
1990 Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves
Barry Levinson Avalon
Giuseppe Tornatore Cinema Paradiso
Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part III
Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
1991 Jonathan Demme The Silence of the Lambs
Barry Levinson Bugsy
Oliver Stone JFK
Barbra Streisand The Prince of Tides
Ridley Scott Thelma and Louise
1992 Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
Neil Jordan The Crying Game
Rob Reiner A Few Good Men
James Ivory Howards End
Robert Altman The Player
1993 Steven Spielberg Schindler's List
Martin Scorsese The Age of Innocence
Andrew Davis The Fugitive
Jane Campion The Piano
James Ivory The Remains of the Day
1994 Robert Zemeckis Forrest Gump
Mike Newell Four Weddings and a Funeral
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
Robert Redford Quiz Show
Frank Darabont The Shawshank Redemption
1995 Ron Howard Apollo 13
Mel Gibson Braveheart
Michael Radford Il Postino: The Postman
Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas
Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility
1996 Anthony Minghella The English Patient
Joel Coen Fargo
Cameron Crowe Jerry Maguire
Mike Leigh Secrets and Lies
Scott Hicks Shine
1997 James Cameron Titanic
Steven Spielberg Amistad
James L. Brooks As Good as It Gets
Gus Van Sant Good Will Hunting
Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
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
Spike Jonze Being John Malkovich
Frank Darabont The Green Mile
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
Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich
Ridley Scott Gladiator
Steven Soderbergh Traffic
2001 Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind
Ridley Scott Black Hawk Down
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Christopher Nolan Memento
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!
2002 Rob Marshall Chicago
Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York
Stephen Daldry The Hours
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Roman Polanski The Pianist
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Peter Weir Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Clint Eastwood Mystic River
Gary Ross Seabiscuit
2004 Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby
Martin Scorsese The Aviator
Marc Forster Finding Neverland
Taylor Hackford Ray
Alexander Payne Sideways
2005 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
Bennett Miller Capote
Paul Haggis Crash
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck
Steven Spielberg Munich
2006 Martin Scorsese The Departed
Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel
Bill Condon Dreamgirls
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris Little Miss Sunshine
Stephen Frears The Queen
2007 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Sean Penn Into the Wild
Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton
Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
2008 Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight
Ron Howard Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant Milk
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
James Cameron Avatar
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels Precious
Jason Reitman Up in the Air


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

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