Helmers working for HBO took three of five nominations from the Directors Guild of America in its movies-for-television category, announced Monday. NBC pulled in the other two.
All five of the directors — Allan Arkush, Steve Barron, Rob Cohen, Michael Cristofer and Jon Turteltaub — are first-time DGA nominees. They were listed alongside their unit production managers and first and second assistant directors.
The TV movies they helmed were, respectively, “The Temptations,” “Merlin,” “The Rat Pack,” “Gia” and an installment of “From the Earth to the Moon.”
“From intimate portraits of talented individuals to fantasy on an epic scale, this outstanding group of DGA Award nominees represents the state-of-the-art in making movies for television,” DGA President Jack Shea said.
The full list of 1998 nominees follows:
- Allan Arkush, “The Temptations” (NBC); Helen Robin, unit production manager; Carol Green, Deborah Dell’Amico, 1st a.d.; Karen Collins, 2nd a.d..
- Steve Barron, “Merlin” (NBC); Gareth Tandy, 1st a.d.; Rebecca Tucker, 2nd a.d.
- Rob Cohen, “The Rat Pack” (HBO); Robert Rothbard, UPM; John Wildermuth, 1st a.d.; Angela Tortu, 2nd a.d.
- Michael Cristofer, “Gia” (HBO); James D. Brubaker, UPM; Mary Ellen Woods, 1st a.d.; David Larson, 2nd a.d.
- Jon Turteltaub, “Is That All There Is?” Part 7 of “From the Earth to the Moon” (HBO); John Melfi, UPM; Thomas Irvine, 1st a.d.; Pamela Kuri, 2nd a.d.
The five nominees will be invited to attend the DGA’s “Meet the Nominees: Movies for Television” symposium on Feb. 27 at guild headquarters in Los Angeles.
Winners will be announced during the 51st DGA Awards dinner on March 6 at the Century Plaza Hotel.
Several of the nominees have already seen their projects receive other nominations and awards. “From the Earth to the Moon,” for instance, won an Emmy in September and a Golden Globe last month, both in the miniseries categories, while “Gia” won Globes for lead actress Angelina Jolie and supporting actress Faye Dunaway. Jolie was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award, as was Ray Liotta from “The Rat Pack.”
Another “Rat Pack” cast member, Don Cheadle, won a Globe for his role as Sammy Davis Jr.
The DGA’s nominees for directorial achievement in three other television categories — nighttime dramatic series, comedy series and musical variety — will be announced today. Nods in commercials will come on Thursday, while those for children’s programming, daytime serials and documentaries are due on Feb. 8.