Diverse pix mix for DGA telepic noms

HBO leads with three nods

HOLLYWOOD — The Directors Guild of America has opted for an eclectic mix of TV movie nominees, tapping a classic musical, an epic miniseries about the AIDS crisis and a trio of offbeat dramas.

HBO dominated the selections for direction of a TV movie with three: Jane Anderson’s “Normal,” focused on the impact of a sex-change operation; Richard Loncraine’s “My House in Umbria,” centered on travelers thrown together by tragedy; and Mike Nichols’ “Angels in America.”

Also nommed were Jeff Bleckner for ABC’s “Meredith Willson’s The Music Man” and Rod Holcomb for FX’s “The Pentagon Papers,” focusing on the Daniel Ellsberg saga.

Winners will be announced Feb. 7 at the DGA’s 56th annual awards dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Most noms to vets

Anderson was the only rookie nominee while Bleckner and Nichols both snagged their fourth nods from the Guild. Bleckner won the category in 2000 for “The Beach Boys: An American Family” and received a nom in 1985 for “Do You Remember Love?” and in 1983 in drama series for an episode of “Hill Street Blues.”

Nichols won the DGA award for feature direction for 1967’s “The Graduate” and received noms in 1966 for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and in 1988 for “Working Girl.” The DGA recently announced it had selected him as the 31st recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Holcomb won the TV movie category in 1994 for the “ER” pilot, and was nominated in 1988 for the “China Beach” pilot. The Guild has since changed the rules so pilots are now considered under the drama and comedy series categories.

Loncraine was nominated last year in the category for “The Gathering Storm.”

Thursday’s announcement marked the second year in a row HBO has taken three of the five nods in the TV movie category with noms last year for “Path to War,” “The Gathering Storm” and “Live From Baghdad.” CBS took the other two noms with “Gleason” and “The Rosa Parks Story”; Mick Jackson won the award for “Live From Baghdad.”

The DGA will announce nominees in the TV series categories on Tuesday.

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