The Directors Guild of America has tapped feature filmmaker Spike Jonze along with commercial helmers Craig Gillespie, Rocky Morton, Noam Murro and Rupert Sanders for its top award in commercial directing.
Winner will be announced Jan. 28 at the DGA’s 58th annual awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza.
“It takes great skill to tell a compelling story in under 60 seconds,” said DGA prexy Michael Apted. “These five directors have mastered the format, using their talent, craft and imagination to provide us with some of the most innovative filmmaking out there today.”
Jonze, who was previously nommed for a DGA feature award for “Being John Malkovich,” received his first commercial nod for the “Hello Tomorrow” spot for Adidas, “Penguin” for Miller Beer and “Pardon Our Dust” for the Gap.
Gillespie, who was previously nominated in 2001 and 2002, received his nom for “Surprise Dinner” and “Mini-Mart” for Ameriquest and “People of Pain” and “Fable of the Fruit Bat” for Altoids.
Morton, who received noms in 1998 and 1999, received his nomination for the “Kung Fu Clowns” and “Dance Fight Plumbers” spots for Bell South, “Office” for Cheese Nips and “Take Me Home” for CSI.
Murro, who scored his fourth consecutive nomination, was cited for the “Monsters” spot for Hummer H3, “Black Out” for Orange and “Run Barefoot” for Nike. He drew the kudos last year for Adidas, eBay and Starbucks spots.
Sanders, who hasn’t been nominated previously, received his nom for “Made to Perfection” for Adidas and “Joy” for Xbox.