“Homeland” has scored a pair of drama series directing mentions for Lesli Linka Glatter and Michael Cuesta as the Directors Guild of America unveiled its TV nominations on Wednesday. Also in the race are Rian Johnson for “Breaking Bad,” Jennifer Getzinger for “Mad Men” and Greg Mottola for “The Newsroom.”
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston scored a nomination in the comedy series for his work on “Modern Family,” which will go up against Lena Dunham for the pilot of “Girls,” Louis C.K. for “Louis,” Mark Cendrowski for “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie” and Beth McCarthy-Miller for “30 Rock,” who scored her eighth DGA nom. It was the first DGA nom for the other four helmers.
“Modern Family” won the comedy series trophy in 2010 and 2011 while HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” took the category last year. The pilot of AMC’s “The Killing” won the drama series award last year.
“Boardwalk Empire” came up empty in the drama nominations despite having the reigning Emmy directing champ in Tim Van Patten. Among those also left out were “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey.”
On the other hand, Emmy directing champ “Modern Family” showed off the depth of its director resources, scoring a comedy nom with Cranston after winning the Emmy in 2012 with Steven Levitan and receiving a second TV Acad nom for Jason Weiner. Other shows that might have been considered for DGA recognition include “Parks and Recreation,” “Veep” and “New Girl.”
The DGA unveiled 40 nominations in eight categories Wednesday. The winners will be announced at the 65th DGA Awards on Feb. 2 at Hollywood and Highland with Kelsey Grammer hosting.
TV movie and miniseries directors nommed included Greg Berlanti for the pilot of “Political Animals,” Philip Kaufman for “Hemingway and Gelhorn,” Kevin Reynolds for “Hatfields & McCoys,” Jay Roach for “Game Change” and Michael Rymer for “American Horror Story: Asylum.” Roach won the category in 2008 for another political drama, “Recount.”
It was the second DGA nod for Kaufman with a three-decade gap from his first in the feature category for 1983’s “The Right Stuff.” Berlanti, Reynolds and Rymer received this first DGA noms.
Veteran directors dominated in the musical variety category with 10-time winner Don Mischer scoring his 17th nomination for the 84th Academy Awards. Don Roy King took his sixth nod for “Saturday Night Live with Host Mick Jagger”; Chuck O’Neil received his ninth for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as did Glen Weiss for “66th Annual Tony Awards”; and Michael Dempsey took his first for “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.”
Weiss took his third DGA trophy last year for “The 65th Annual Tony Awards.”
Alejandro Inarritu scored his second DGA nomination in the commercials category with his “Best Job” spot for Proctor and Gamble. He was nominated seven years ago in the feature category for “Babel.”
The DGA unveiled its feature film nominations on Tuesday. The guild will announce its documentary nominations Monday.
Jon Weisman contributed to this report.