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For the second year in a row (and the first time they’ve ever handed out back-to-back awards), the Directors Guild of America has honoured Alejandro G. Inarritu with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, with Inarittu collecting Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant.
Inarritu won the DGA Award last year for Birdman, and went on to collect the Best Director award at the Oscars. Should he repeat the feat this year with The Revenant, he’d become only the third director in history to win back-to-back Best Director Academy Awards after John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz.
And, should The Revenant also win Best Picture, it would be the first time a director has ever won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.
Here’s the full list of winners from last night:
- Gary Collinson
Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men draws inspiration from many cinematic sources, ranging from The Best of Everything and The Americanization of Emily to La Notte and Carnal Knowledge. I’m spotlighting four of my favorites this weekend at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, as part of a miniature film festival titled Mad Men Weekend. (For dates and showtimes, click here.) I wrote and narrated four video essays, presented below, about the films on the schedule: Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Apartment (1960), Seconds (1966), and Swimmer (1968). (The latter was cut by Nelson Carvajal, while Serena Bramble put together the rest.) I’ll be at each screening, signing copies of my Mad Men book, and because I like to overcomplicate everything, “performing” the narration of each video live. This will, I hope, add another layer of interest to the proceedings. Even if audiences could not care less what I have to say about these films, »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Did you know there’s a Russian Mad Men? It’s called Ottepel (The Thaw), and it’s been running since 2013. I didn’t know about the show until a few weeks ago, when I was asked to create a video essay for the International Film Festival Rotterdam comparing Ottepel (The Thaw), a moviemaking drama set in early 1960s Moscow, to Matthew Weiner’s AMC show about the New York advertising industry during the same decade. Although Ottepel is not a copy, or even a close match, plotwise, it’s so tonally and visually similar that if you’ve watched even a few minutes of Mad Men, you’ll immediately sense an affinity.Watch Matt Zoller Seitz’s video essay on the show, with editor Jono Bernstein, above. Comparing the shows drove home how influential Mad Men has been. For seven seasons, Weiner’s series immersed viewers in the world »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Over the last few years, Netflix has arguably done more to change the way we watch, talk, and think about television than anyone since HBO in the turn of the century days of "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," and "Six Feet Under." Between their library of titles licensed from more traditional TV operations and their ever-growing stable of original series, Netflix has conditioned viewers to binge-watch shows, has encouraged its creators to design shows made explicitly for that model, and has pushed television in general into a more serialized direction, since the most lucrative afterlife for many shows lies in being sold to a streaming service rather than into traditional rerun syndication. During an appearance at the TCA press tour earlier this month, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the service would be offering over 600 hours of original content this year, and spending over $6 billion to »
- Alan Sepinwall
The night started with director Mark Romanek telling the audience about the pie fight with which Kubrick originally wanted to end "Dr. Strangelove" -- so it only seemed suited that the night would actually end with Johnny Knoxville throwing a pie at Fiona Apple's face, while she sang Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again." The sad part is that the cast featured for Thursday's Film Independent Live Read at the Lacma will never meet to perform that script again. It was a one-time thing, and there's something very beautiful about that. Read More: How a 'Mad Men' Live Read Captured Matthew Weiner's Writing Style and The Show's Transitory Bliss To make a list of the night's highlights would be to transcribe the reading, word for word, from beginning to end. At that point, the reader should put on his or her own reading with their most talented friends. »
- Jeremy Berkowitz
When “Orange is the New Black” returns for its fourth season on June 17, issues like race, politics and prison overcrowding will be front-and-center.
Speaking to reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif., series creator Jenji Kohan revealed few details about the upcoming season, joking that she needed to get advice from her friend “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner on how to talk about the show without giving away spoilers.
“The theme thing was hard this year,” she said. “We start with political agendas, the corporatization of the prison, the stratification of people into their little mosaic groups. We want it to be a surprise, but [you can expect] all the fun stuff like race and hate and some things from current events that we wanted to filter through our lens.”
Blair Brown, who’s joining the cast this season as a series regular (as Judy King), said, “Because it ends with the overcrowding, »
- Debra Birnbaum
About 20 years ago, I asked Batman editor Denny O’Neil if I could attend DC’s annual editorial retreat. I was their Publicity Manager at the time and I thought that if I could sit down and watch how the creative teams worked I could better promote the various Batman titles.
Denny was cool with it, and my boss was cool with it, so I went up to Tarrytown NY with them. It was a really interesting experience… for about a day. Then, for some reason, the big boss found out I was there and demanded I return.
His fears, as I understand them, were that, as part of the marketing department, I might interfere with the creative and editorial decisions. That was certainly not my intention. And it was also pretty insulting to Denny, to Alan Grant and Jo Duffy and Chuck Dixon and the others who were there »
- Martha Thomases
A slew of famous names from in front of the camera reaped bids from the Directors Guild of America for their helming of various TV programs in 2015. Amy Schumer is nominated for directing herself in an episode of "Inside Amy Schumer" while Chris Rock reaped a bid for his oversight of her stand-up special "Live From the Apollo." And Oscar nominees Angela Bassett and Paul Haggis number among those contending for their helming of telefilms "Whitney" and "Show Me a Hero" respectively. Series creators are represented on both the drama and comedy side of the ledger. Steven Soderbergh ("The Knick") and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men") are up against directors of episodes of "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones" and "Homeland." And Louie C.K. ("Louie), Mike Judge ("Silcon Valley") and reigning champ Jill Soloway ("Transparent") vie against helmers of installments of ..." »
After announcing the nominees for best film direction yesterday, the Directors Guild of America revealed the slate for TV direction in dramas and comedies today.
"Game of Thrones" seeks to add to its trophy haul for David Nutter's direction of the season 5 finale, "Mother's Mercy," which won an Emmy last September. But HBO's epic fantasy series will be challenged by the series finale of "Mad Men," directed by creator Matthew Weiner.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Downton Abbey, "Episode 8" (PBS)
Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality" (Showtime)
Game of Thrones, "Mother's Mercy" (HBO)
The Knick, "Williams and Walker" (Cinemax)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
- Kelly Woo
Wednesday's Directors Guild of America nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television mark the medium rapid shift toward what might be called "auteur TV," with names familiar from the world of film—Sofia Coppola, for "A Very Murray Christmas" (Netflix); Steven Soderbergh, for "The Knick" (Cinemax)—featured alongside writer-director-stars—Louis C.K., for "Louie" (FX); Amy Schumer and co-director Ryan McFaul, for "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," which I named the best TV episode of 2015. Read More: "The Top Ten TV Episodes of 2015" Other notable nominees include Matthew Weiner, for "Mad Men" (AMC) series finale "Person to Person"; Jill Soloway, for "Transparent" (Amazon) season premiere "Kina Hora"; and Chris Rock, for Schumer's HBO stand-up special "Live at the Apollo." The winners will be announced at the 68th Annual DGA Awards »
- Matt Brennan
Yesterday, we got a look at the DGA Awards feature film nominees, and naturally, it features some pretty big talent. But it says something about the continued allure of the small screen, that some equally big names are part of the DGA Awards TV and Documentary categories, revealed today. So let's take a look at who might be taking some home some trophies next month. In the Dramatic Series section Steven Soderbergh picked up a nod for the "Williams and Walker" episode of "The Knick" season two, while Matthew Weiner earned recognition for "Mad Men" final season episode "Person To Person." Paul Haggis made one of the year's best miniseries dramas with "Show Me A Hero," and rightfully gets tipped, while Louis C.K. ("Louis"), Mike Judge ("Silicon Valley") and Jill Soloway ("Transparent") get tipped in the comedy series categories. Other filmmakers of note getting nominated across a variety of categories. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The directors of “Mad Men,” “Homeland,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Knick” have been nominated for best directorial achievement in a dramatic television series by the Directors Guild of America, the DGA announced on Wednesday. In the comedy series category, the nominees were directors of “Veep,” “Louie,” “Silicon Valley,” “Modern Family” and “Transparent.” The nominated directors include a number of show creators: Jill Soloway for “Transparent,” Mike Judge for “Silicon Valley,” Louis C.K. for “Louie,” Matthew Weiner for “Mad Men” and Steven Soderbergh for “The Knick.” Also Read: 'The Revenant,' 'The Big Short,' 'Spotlight' Nominated »
- Steve Pond
- Dave McNary
An ad man, a hacker, a drug lord, a lawyer and a fixer went head to head during Sunday’s Golden Globes. Frankly, we’re just lucky they all came out alive.
Five of television’s finest were up for the award of Best Actor in a Drama Series — Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek, Narcos‘ Wagner Moura, Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk and Ray Donovan‘s Liev Schreiber — and while we’d have given them all a Coke Globe if we could, »
“The Martian” gang mixed with the “Star Wars” team, WB’s Sue Kroll chatted with Harvey Weinstein, while Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling, Steven Spielberg and F. Gary Gray accepted congrats for their work at the 16th AFI Awards Friday afternoon at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.
The event honored 10 films and 10 TV works that had been announced last month as being “the year’s most outstanding storytelling,” and as usual, the mood was high energy yet relaxed. The honorees knew that they were all winners, so there was no suspense, with no acceptance speeches, minimal red-carpet coverage and no fashion commentary. And a key to the buoyant mood: There were no TV cameras focusing on the 220 people in the room.
- Tim Gray
The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.
The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.
- Paul Heath
The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.
Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »
- Jeff Beck
The Producer’s Guild of America has announced that The Big Short, Bridge Of Spies, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton will contest the 2015 Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 2016 PGA Awards.
Traditionally, the majority of PGA Award nominees will also find themselves nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, given that they share many of the same voters. Which probably means bad luck for the likes of Carol and Room.
Here’s a full list of the nominations for film and TV…
Theatrical Motion Picture nominees:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
This film is »
- Gary Collinson
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture, long-form television, digital series, sports programs and additional television nominations for the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards.
The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television; Outstanding Sports Program; and Outstanding Digital Series. The feature documentary film category and other television category nominations were previously announced by the PGA in late 2015.
All 2016 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. This year, the Producers Guild will present special honors to Jim Gianopulos (Milestone Award), Shonda Rhimes (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), David Heyman (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), The Hunting Ground (Stanley Kramer »
- Michelle McCue
The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominations for its 27th annual Producers Guild Awards! 10 films are vying for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. And sorry "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Carol," you did not make the cut :sad
The PGA Awards winners will be announced on January 23. Here's the complete list of nominees of the 27th annual Producers Guild Awards:
Theatrical Motion Picture nominees
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
This film is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility
Producers: Arnon Milchan, »
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