News

1917's Sam Mendes Wins Best Director at 2020 Directors Guild Awards, Cements Place As Oscar Favorite

It was a sad night for the Bong Hive, but all smiles for Mendes, Honey Boy helmer Alma Har'el, and HBO. Check out the full list of 2020 DGA winners.

by | January 26, 2020 | Comments

Sam Mendes

(Photo by Francois Duhamel / © Universal Pictures)

It was good news for 1917 and bad news for the Bong Hive Saturday night, as the Directors Guild of America gave its top prize – best director of a Theatrical Feature Film – to the WWI movie’s helmer, Sam Mendes. Bong Joon-ho, whom many expected to take out the award for Parasite, missed out along with Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), and Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit).

Mendes’s win all but assures his victory for directing on Oscar night: the winner of the top DGA prize has only missed out on the Oscar seven times since the awards began in 1949. Coupled with his Golden Globe win, Mendes is looking formidable.

Honey Boy‘s Alma Har’el took home the directing price for First Time Feature Film, and Steven Bognar and Julie Reicher won for their documentary, American Factory.

HBO dominated in the TV awards, winning for episodes of Watchmen and Barry, the limited series Chernobyl, and for the documentary Song of Parkland in the Children’s Programs category.

See the full list of Directors Guild Awards winners below, and let us know what you think of the winners in the comments. 


Theatrical Feature Film

Bong Joon-ho

Parasite
98%

Martin Scorsese

The Irishman
95%

Sam Mendes

1917
89%

Taika Waititi

Jojo Rabbit
80%

First Time Feature Film 

Mati Diop

Atlantics
95%

Alma Har’el

Honey Boy
94%

Melina Matsoukas

Queen & Slim
83%

Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz

The Peanut Butter Falcon
95%

Documentary Feature Films

Steven Bognar and Julie Reichert

American Factory
96%

Feras Fayyad

The Cave
97%

Alex Holmes

Maiden
98%

Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska

Honeyland
100%

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang

One Child Nation
98%

Dramatic Series

Nicole Kassell, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

Watchmen
96%

Mark Mylod, “This Is Not For Tears”

Succession
93%

David Nutter, “The Long Night”

Game of Thrones
89%

Miguel Sapochnik, “The Long Night”

Game of Thrones
89%

Stephen Williams, “This Extraordinary Being”

Watchmen
96%

Comedy Series

Dan Attias, “It’s the Sixties, Man!”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
88%

Bill Hader, “ronny/lilly”

Barry
99%

David Mandel, “Veep”

Veep
93%

Daniel Palladino, “Marvelous Radio”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
88%

Amy Sherman-Palladino, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
88%

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

James Burrows: “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.”Andy Fisher:“Live in Front of a Studio Audience.”

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'
88%

Linda Mendoza

Wanda Sykes: Not Normal
100%

Movies for Television or Limited Series

Thomas Kail, “Nowadays”

Fosse/Verdon: Miniseries
81%

Minkie Spiro, “All I Care About Is Love”

Fosse/Verdon: Miniseries
81%

Jessica Yu, “Glory”

Fosse/Verdon: Miniseries
81%

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

Paul G. Casey, “1730”

Real Time With Bill Maher

Nora S. Gerard, “40th Anniversary”


Jim Hoskinson, “A. Ocasio-Cortes; Incubus

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Don Roy King, “E. Murphy; Lizzo”

Saturday Night Live: Season 45
72%

Paul Pennolino, Christopher Werner, “SLAPP Suits”

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Season 6

Reality Programs

Hisham Abed, “Black Girl Magic”

Queer Eye
93%

Jason Cohen, “Encore”

Encore!
70%

Jon Favreau, “The Chef Show”

The Chef Show

Ashley S. Gorman, “103”

First Responders Live

Patric McManus, “1116 Las Vegas National Finals Night 4”

American Ninja Warrior

Children’s Programs

  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? – “Part One: Submitted for Your Approval” – Dean Israelite
  • Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Special – Jack Jameson
  • Ghostwriter – “Ghost In Wonderland, Part 1” – Luke Matheny
  • Song of Parkland – Amy Schatz WINNER
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events – “Penultimate Peril: Part 1” – Barry Sonnenfeld

Commercials 

  • Lighter Than Air, JP Elite Dragonfly – Fredrick Bond
  • Dream It, Squarespace – Spike Jonze WINNER
  • Underdogs, Apple – Mark Molloy
  • The Seven Worlds, Hennessy X.O. – Ridley Scott
  • Train, AT&T – Dougal Wilson

Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2019/2020.

Tag Cloud

dragons ABC new york PBS movies rom-coms rt labs critics edition 73rd Emmy Awards Reality The Walking Dead posters Lucasfilm Nat Geo Black History Month Star Wars Cartoon Network USA nature Character Guide Countdown PlayStation GIFs CBS DC Comics Premiere Dates live action remakes FOX E3 gangster unscripted CMT A24 free movies hist christmas movies psychological thriller E! sopranos worst critics renewed TV shows The Purge DC streaming service Awards Tour stop motion high school Discovery Channel screen actors guild 45 docudrama Thanksgiving nbcuniversal Watching Series period drama debate Mudbound Wes Anderson Action child's play elevated horror GoT Super Bowl cancelled TV shows natural history WGN 2019 cars Drama Pirates The Arrangement heist movie 99% Valentine's Day Anna Paquin science fiction mob reviews Pop TV Best and Worst toronto Binge Guide Kids & Family Disney Channel video Pacific Islander 20th Century Fox Disney+ Disney Plus thriller singing competition canceled Disney facebook CW Seed Superheroe Holiday war spy thriller indiana jones marvel cinematic universe halloween joker RT History space Netflix Christmas movies Ellie Kemper ESPN a nightmare on elm street Disney Plus Mary Poppins Returns cancelled YouTube Premium 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards 72 Emmy Awards Nickelodeon Universal Warner Bros. richard e. Grant Crackle Pride Month Hallmark Image Comics DirecTV Comics on TV series comiccon strong female leads stand-up comedy A&E American Society of Cinematographers Epix Adult Swim Opinion french transformers comics Winter TV Hallmark Christmas movies MTV sequels Rock Country dogs blaxploitation OWN ViacomCBS festival finale Summer crossover AMC Plus 24 frames Captain marvel Paramount Network indie fast and furious Broadway The Academy cults best Academy Awards movie documentary social media football 93rd Oscars breaking bad spain X-Men vs. Awards BAFTA films HBO Go book adaptation medical drama Tumblr Tomatazos dreamworks kaiju Netflix Freeform Creative Arts Emmys Trailer Spike The Witch Stephen King TBS SDCC NBA 2017 Election CNN laika Pixar aapi zombies cancelled television technology Apple prank Biopics true crime doctor who Mindy Kaling Extras dexter batman wonder woman olympics Film Festival all-time concert 007 Tokyo Olympics TCM boxing Television Academy monster movies Exclusive Video Christmas emmy awards TCA 2017 satire theme song Mystery razzies APB Paramount Plus versus New York Comic Con TLC cats supernatural legend south america Showtime Sci-Fi Horror Cannes Set visit Podcast PaleyFest Sundance TV die hard reboot dark TCA Awards RT21 Turner Classic Movies Sony Pictures Amazon Prime Video Ovation Trivia Fox News television biopic genre foreign know your critic sag awards casting adventure Brie Larson YouTube crime Logo DC Universe NYCC scary movies twilight Travel Channel Alien spanish language Masterpiece ITV Amazon Prime SXSW Marathons pirates of the caribbean Britbox Reality Competition Legendary rt archives TV One 71st Emmy Awards MCU Marvel aliens zombie fresh golden globes name the review universal monsters rotten MSNBC The CW vampires Trophy Talk lord of the rings Toys Ghostbusters chucky psycho Vudu ID Grammys Amazon comic book movies FX on Hulu Fantasy sports zero dark thirty YA comedies japanese suspense asian-american Sneak Peek ghosts Starz Cosplay italian dramedy robots what to watch deadpool justice league mutant Certified Fresh critic resources VICE Neflix 4/20 Red Carpet scary women Winners travel superhero feel good rt labs Arrowverse Walt Disney Pictures disaster cartoon Film political drama jamie lee curtis adaptation Instagram Live Elton John VOD king arthur discovery venice hidden camera slashers Black Mirror trailers parents Sundance Now 21st Century Fox Television Critics Association TruTV Box Office Bravo franchise Esquire cinemax Turner festivals Teen halloween tv Marvel Studios jurassic park HBO mockumentary classics BET anime composers australia crime thriller Animation young adult Amazon Studios hispanic Music TV movies Emmys Columbia Pictures Endgame DGA National Geographic adenture First Reviews kids Funimation Peacock werewolf based on movie dc children's TV saw cops Western Rom-Com First Look Martial Arts basketball Musicals Polls and Games talk show BBC One Emmy Nominations black 90s GLAAD TNT Year in Review spider-man golden globe awards Holidays IFC latino spanish Disney streaming service cooking HBO Max Oscars new zealand Universal Pictures ratings 2016 biography romantic comedy BBC worst movies sitcom royal family TCA Sundance comic book movie 2020 Mary poppins Hulu The Walt Disney Company LGBT AMC politics Baby Yoda President streaming movies green book mcc blockbuster CBS All Access FXX game of thrones archives TV renewals 2018 live event canceled TV shows Shondaland hollywood diversity Women's History Month Family BBC America Pop FX blockbusters action-comedy spider-verse BET Awards sequel Song of Ice and Fire Nominations Chilling Adventures of Sabrina video on demand independent Apple TV Plus TIFF Photos Rocky target Paramount Star Trek revenge serial killer screenings new star wars movies Chernobyl scorecard El Rey telelvision nfl news comic books Comic-Con@Home 2021 criterion scene in color Spectrum Originals anthology WarnerMedia godzilla Tubi History Dark Horse Comics Crunchyroll Shudder Rocketman quibi Hear Us Out Calendar king kong romance Fox Searchlight Spring TV LGBTQ rotten movies we love crime drama See It Skip It streaming NBC Comedy Central Lifetime Christmas movies Superheroes TV Land Food Network dceu ABC Signature international Musical spinoff Lionsgate IMDb TV award winner police drama Classic Film SundanceTV stoner Fall TV game show Infographic slasher Schedule docuseries tv talk animated obituary IFC Films Apple TV+ marvel comics Marvel Television Comedy 1990s Writers Guild of America 2021 black comedy mission: impossible popular VH1 San Diego Comic-Con miniseries binge toy story documentaries Lifetime witnail OneApp Avengers kong Acorn TV superman cancelled TV series 2015 Comic Book TCA Winter 2020 harry potter Syfy USA Network james bond comic Mary Tyler Moore boxoffice Video Games teaser japan Pet Sematary YouTube Red hispanic heritage month ABC Family Interview directors art house TV Heroines historical drama Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tarantino Quiz book