Directors Guild Awards 2017 Nominations: Scorsese Snubbed, ‘Birth of a Nation’ Resurrected

The nominations are in for the Directors Guild Awards for 2017, and there are some pretty big surprises, in an awards season filled with twists and turns.

While Oscar frontrunners like La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea earned expected nominations for their directors, Lion helmer Garth Davis scored a surprise directing nomination alongside Arrival director Denis Villeneuve. This means Martin Scorsese was snubbed for Silence, while Mel Gibson and Denzel Washington missed out on nods for Hacksaw Ridge and Fences, respectively.

Meanwhile, one-time Oscar frontrunner The Birth of a Nation was resurrected with its first major awards season nomination. The film had once been considered a top contender for the Oscars until an old story resurfaced about the rape charges faced by writer/director/star Nate Parker and co-writer Jean McGianni Celestin as college students in 1999. While Parker was acquitted and Celestin’s conviction was later overturned, it was too late to save the film’s Oscar chances, in the eyes of many pundits. However, it appears we shouldn’t completely write the movie off. It may not be a nomination in the Feature Film category, but a First-Time Feature Film nomination is nothing to scoff at either.

Meanwhile, Game of Thrones, Westworld, and The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story earned expected DGA nominations in television categories, while Netflix’s Stranger Things earned a surprise nod for The Duffer Brothers. Donald Glover is also among the directorial nominees in the Comedy category for his Golden Globe-winning series Atlanta. Needless to say, there is a LOT of quality TV in this lineup.

But who else was nominated by the Directors Guild of America? Check out the full list of nominees below:

Directors Guild Awards 2017 Nominations: Scorsese Snubbed, 'Birth of a Nation' Resurrected

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Feature Film

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Garth Davis – Lion
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival


Otto Bell – The Eagle Huntress
Ezra Edelman – O.J.: Made in America
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg – Weiner
Raoul Peck – I Am Not Your Negro
Roger Ross Williams – Life, Animated

First-Time Feature Film

Garth Davis – Lion
Kelly Fremon Craig – The Edge of Seventeen
Tim Miller – Deadpool
Nate Parker – The Birth of a Nation
Dan Trachtenberg – 10 Cloverfield Lane


Drama Series

The Duffer Brothers – Stranger Things for “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Ryan Murphy – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for “From the Ashes of Tragedy”
Jonathan Nolan – Westworld for “The Original”
Miguel Sapochnik – Game of Thrones for “Battle of the Bastards”
John Singleton – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for “The Race Card”

Comedy Series

Alec Berg – Silicon Valley for “Daily Active Users”
Donald Glover – Atlanta for “B.A.N.”
Mike Judge – Silicon Valley for “Founder Friendly”
Becky Martin – Veep for “Inauguration”
Dale Stern – Veep for “Mother”

Miniseries or TV Film

Raymond De Felitta – Madoff
Thomas Kail and Alec Rudzinski – Grease: Live
Kenny Leon and Alec Rudzinski – Hairspray Live!
Jay Roach – All the Way
Steven Zaillian – The Night Of for “The Beach”

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled

Paul G. Casey – Real Time with Bill Maher for “Show #1437”
Nora Gerard – CBS Sunday Morning for “Charles Osgood Farewell Broadcast”
Jim Hoskinson – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for “Episode #0179”
Don Roy King – Saturday Night Live for “Host: Dave Chappelle”
Paul Pennolino – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee for “Episode #1030”

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

Jerry Foley – Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come
Tim Mancinelli – The Late Late Show with James Corden – “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special”
Linda Mendoza – Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House
Paul Myers – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – “A Very Special Full Frontal Special”
Glenn Weiss – 70th Tony Awards

Reality Programs

Ken Fuchs – Shark Tank for “801”
John Gonzalez – Live PD for “Episode 5”
Brian Smith – Strong for “Welcome to Strong”
J. Rupert Thompson – American Grit for “Over the Falls”
Bertram van Munster – The Amazing Race for “We’re Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today”

Children’s Programs

Liz Allen – The Kicks for “Pilot”
Alethea Jones – Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street for “Gortimer and the Jacks of All Trades”
Michael Lembeck – A Nutcracker Christmas
Tina Mabry – An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win
John Schultz – Adventures in Babysitting


Lance Acord – Apple’s “Frankie’s Holiday” and Kohl’s’ “Movie Night”
Dante Ariola – SunTrust’s “Hold Your Breath”, Lyft’s “Riding is the New Driving”, and Beats’ “Tell Me When To Go”
Fredrik Bond – Apple’s “Dive”, Philips’ “Everyday Hero”, and LG’s “World of Play”
Derek Cianfrance – Nike Golf’s “Chase”, Powerade’s “Doubts” and “Expectations”, and Squarespace’s “Manifesto”
A.G. Rojas – S7 Airlines’ “The Best Planet” and Samsung’s “The Snail”

What do you think of the nominees for the Directors Guild Awards 2017? Sound off in the comments!

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