The Directors Guild of America has favored dramas on cable in its nominations for TV movie helmer, selecting Charles S. Dutton for Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell: American Terror,” Randa Haines for TNT’s “The Ron Clark Story,” Walter Hill for AMC’s “Broken Trail,” Peter Markle for A&E’s “Flight 93” and Edward James Olmos for HBO’s “Walkout.”
Winner will be announced Feb. 3 at the DGA Awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza Hotel, based on voting by the 13,400 guild members.
Hill is the only previous winner of a DGA trophy, drawing the nod in 2004 for the pilot of HBO’s “Deadwood.” DGA nom is the third for Haines, who received a 1984 mention in this category for “Something About Amelia” and another two years later in the feature film category for “Children of a Lesser God.”
Dutton, Markle and Olmos are first-time DGA nominees. Dutton’s nomination was for the “Home” episode of “Sleeper Cell,” which qualified as a miniseries under the category’s rules.
“The work of these five directors underscores the power and impact of an art form that, for over four decades, has been a cultural touchstone connecting viewing audiences across the nation,” said DGA President Michael Apted. “These five directors bring to life a wide range of characters while evoking the spirit and history of specific places and points in time.”
Last year’s voting in the DGA telepic category produced a tie between Joseph Sargent for HBO’s “Warm Springs” and George C. Wolfe for HBO’s “Lackawanna Blues.”
The DGA will announce its remaining TV nominations today.
Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television:
Charles S. Dutton, “Sleeper Cell: American Terror” – “Home” (Showtime)
Unit Production Manager: Robert Rothbard
First Assistant Director: Dennis M. White
Second Assistant Director: Andy Spilkoman
Second Second Assistant Director: Pete Waterman
DGA Trainee: Joshua Madera
Randa Haines, “The Ron Clark Story” (TNT)
Production Manager: Fred Styles
First Assistant Director: Glen Trotiner
Second Assistant Director: Eddie Micallef
Second Second Assistant Director: Chris Deangelis
Walter Hill, “Broken Trail” (AMC)
Peter Markle, “Flight 93” (A&E)
Edward James Olmos, “Walkout” (HBO)
Unit Production Manager: Lisa Bruce
First Assistant Director: Marty Eli Schwartz
Second Assistant Director: Ken Wada
Second Second Assistant Director: Tonatiuh Esparza
The DGA will announce its remaining TV nominations on Thursday.