HBO gets nods for 'Dandridge,' 'Lesson'
HBO took two of the five Directors Guild of America nominations Wednesday for television movies, with Martha Coolidge for “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and Joseph Sargent for “A Lesson Before Dying.”Cable nominees dominated the category, with Martyn Burke for TNT’s “Pirates of Silicon Valley” and Daniel M. Petrie Sr. for Showtime’s “Inherit the Wind” also being tapped. The sole network entry came with Mick Jackson for ABC’s “Tuesdays With Morrie.” Young blood and vets Burke and Coolidge are first-time DGA nominees, while Jackson, Petrie and Sargent have received a combined 16 nominations and six victories. Petrie has been nominated nine times, six in this category, and won four awards for the series “The Man and the City” in 1971 and for TV movies “Eleanor and Franklin” in 1976, “Eleanor and Franklin — The White House Years” in 1977 and “The Dollmaker” in 1984. Jackson’s nomination is his second following a victory in 1995 in this category for “Indictment: The McMartin Trial.” Sargent has received five DGA nominations and won the award in 1973 for “The Marcus Nelson Murders.” The nominated directors will be invited to attend a March 4 symposium at the DGA’s Los Angeles headquarters. The award will be presented March 11 at the 52nd annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Teams touted The DGA nominations recognize the director’s entire team. The complete list follows: Martyn Burke, “Pirates of Silicon Valley.” Unit production manager, Leanne Moore; first assistant director, Aaron Barsky; second assistant director, Christina Fong; second second assistant director, Basil Bryant Gallo. Martha Coolidge, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” Unit production managers, Larry Y. Albucher, Sally A. Young, Robert Rothbard; first assistant director, Kaaren A. Ocho; second assistant director, Phil Robinson; second second assistant directors, Chemen A. Ochoa, Eric Oliver. Mick Jackson, “Tuesdays With Morrie.” Unit production manager, Jennifer Ogden; first assistant director: Matthew Carlisle; second assistant director, Tom Snyder. Daniel M. Petrie Sr., “Inherit the Wind.” Unit production manager, Steven Brown; first assistant director, Martha Elcan; second assistant director, Tony Schwartz. Joseph Sargent, “A Lesson Before Dying.” Unit production manager, Celia Costas; first assistant director, Catherine McCabe; second assistant director, Karen Collins; second second assistant director, Leonard Haggerty.