Christopher Nolan was awarded the highest prize on the Administrators Guild Awards for “Oppenheimer” Saturday, solidifying his front-runner standing for subsequent month’s Oscars.
Different winners on the untelevised ceremony in Los Angeles included Celine Song, for first time directorial achievement for her romantic drama “Previous Lives,” and Mstyslav Chernov for the documentary “ 20 Days in Mariupol, ” a joint mission between The Related Press and PBS “Frontline.”
The Administrators Guild of America additionally acknowledges achievements in scripted and nonscripted tv, with the drama sequence prize going to Peter Hoar for “The Final of Us” episode “Lengthy, Lengthy Time,” and the comedy trophy for Christopher Storer for the “Fishes” episode of “The Bear.”
The DGA award is a primary for Nolan who had been nominated for a similar award 4 occasions beforehand, for “Memento,” “The Darkish Knight,” “Inception” and “Dunkirk.” This yr, Nolan was up towards some formidable competitors in Martin Scorsese for “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Yorgos Lanthimos for “Poor Issues,” Alexander Payne for “The Holdovers” and Greta Gerwig for “Barbie,” who some pundits thought might need been able to an upset win in response to her snub in the same category at the Oscars.
The guild’s voting physique consists of over 19,000 members, which is sort of double your complete membership of the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences. However even with totally different voter makeups, solely eight occasions in 75 years has the DGA winner not additionally gone on to take the directing Oscar. The newest divergence was in 2019, when Sam Mendes received the DGA for “1917” and the Oscar went to Bong Joon-ho for “Parasite.” Final yr, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert received each for “All the pieces In every single place All At As soon as.”
On the Oscars on March 10, Nolan’s fellow finest director nominees embrace Scorsese, Lanthimos, Jonathan Glazer for “The Zone of Curiosity” and Justine Triet for “Anatomy of a Fall.” Remaining Oscar voting begins on Feb. 22.