Directors Guild of America Award

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Directors Guild of America Award
Logo of the Directors Guild of America Award
Country United States
Presented by Directors Guild of America since 1936
First awarded 1938
Official website

The Directors Guild of America Awards are issued annually by the Directors Guild of America. The first DGA Award was an "Honorary Life Member" award issued in 1938 to D. W. Griffith. The statues are made by New York firm, Society Awards.




Service and Achievement

Historic Awards

  • Drama Show Day (1983-1994)
  • Actuality (1977-1980)
  • Documentary Television (1977-1981)
  • Documentary/News (1971-1981)
  • Documentary/Actuality (1982-1990)
  • Specials/Movies for TV/Actuality (1976–81)
  • Sports (1984-1990)
  • Outstanding Television Director (1971-1975)
  • Television (1953-1970)
  • (Preston Sturges Award (1990, 1991, 1993)
  • Golden Jubilee Special Award (1986)
  • News

Winners - Motion Picture Categories

Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film

Outstanding Achievement in Documentary

Lifetime Achievement Award

(formerly the D. W. Griffith Lifetime Achievement Award)

Outstanding Achievement in First-Time Feature Film

  • 2015: TBA

Winners - Television Categories

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Serials

Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programs

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Lifetime Achievement Award


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