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DGA Announces Winners of 2003 Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards & Recipients of DGA 2004 Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 8, 2004

The winners of the 2003 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards and the recipients of the DGA's 2004 Lifetime Achievement Awards were announced tonight at the 56th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Carl Reiner hosted the Awards ceremony which attracted a record 1,750 guests, including the full slate of presenters: Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Maria Bello (The Cooler), Bob Butler (The Division), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Gil Cates (A Death in the Family and producer of numerous Academy Awards), Patricia Clarkson (The Station Agent), James D'Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Buck Henry (To Die For), Djimon Hounsou (In America), Angelica Huston (Agnes Browne), Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope), Laura Linney (Mystic River), Tobey Maguire (Seabiscuit), Garry Marshall (The Princess Diaries), Rob Marshall (Chicago), Helen Mirren (Calendar Girls), Janel Moloney (The West Wing), Sean Penn (Mystic River), Dan Petrie, Sr. (Inherit the Wind), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).

The DGA's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as a near-perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only six times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director.

The winners of the 2003 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the recipients of the Guild's 2004 Lifetime Achievement Awards, are:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM

PETER JACKSON

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

New Line Cinema

Unit Production Managers: Nikolas Korda, Zane Weiner

First Assistant Director: Carolynne Cunningham

Key Second Assistant Directors: Guy Campbell, Marc Ashton

This is Jackson's first DGA Award and third nomination having been previously nominated for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION

MIKE NICHOLS

Angels in America

HBO

Unit Production Managers: Jan Foster, Patricia Doherty Hess

First Assistant Director: Mike Haley

Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen

Second Second Assistant Director: Jennifer Truelove

DGA Trainees: Nate Grubb, Peter Koob

This is Mike Nichols' second DGA Award, fourth DGA nomination and his first in the category of Movies for Television. He has been nominated for three of his feature films: Working Girl in 1988, The Graduate in 1967, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1966. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Graduate.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES NIGHT

CHRISTOPHER MISIANO

"25" The West Wing

NBC

Unit Production Manager: Dylan Massin

First Assistant Director: Douglas S. Ornstein

Second Assistant Director: Catherine Bond

Second Second Assistant Director: Cary Jones

This is Misiano's first DGA Award and nomination.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES

TIMOTHY M. VAN PATTEN

"Boy Interrupted" Sex and the City

HBO

Unit Production Managers: Jane Raab, Margo Myers

First Assistant Director: Bettiann Fishman

Second Assistant Director: Peter Soldo

Second Second Assistant Director: Andrea O'Connor

Additional Second Assistant Directors: Jesse Nye, Mikki Ziska

This is Van Patten's first DGA Award second nomination. He was nominated last year in the category of Dramatic Series Night for The Sopranos episode, "Whoever Did This."

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL VARIETY

DAVID MALLET

Cher: The Farewell Tour

NBC

Associate Director/Stage Manager: Robert Grossman

This is Mallet's first DGA Award and nomination.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DAYTIME SERIALS

LARRY CARPENTER

One Life to Live, #8849

ABC

Associate Director: Danielle Faraldo, Tracy Casper Lang, Mary Ryan

Stage Managers: Alan P. Needleman, Richard A. Manfredi

Production Associates: Teresa Anne Cicala, Anthony J. Wilkinson

This is Carpenter's first DGA Award and second DGA Award nomination. He was nominated last year for his direction of One Life to Live, #8655.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

KEVIN LIMA

Eloise at Christmastime

ABC

Production Manager: Margot Lulick

First Assistant Director: David Wechsler

Second Assistant Director: Eric Yellin

Second Second Assistant Director: Murphy Occhino

This is Lima's first DGA Award and first nomination.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS

DAVID FINCHER

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First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner

Second Assistant Director: Maria Mantia

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First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner

Second Assistant Director: Michael A. McCue

Beauty for Sale, Xelibri Phones Motner

First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner

Second Assistant Director: Michael A. McCue

Second Second Assistant Director: Maria Mantia

This is Fincher's first DGA Award and first nomination.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY

NATHANIEL KAHN

My Architect

The Louis Kahn Project, Inc.

HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films

New Yorker Films

This is Kahn's first DGA Award and nomination.

The recipients of the Guild's 2004 Lifetime Achievement Awards, are:

MIKE NICHOLS - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

For distinguished career achievement in motion picture directing.

LARRY AUERBACH - HONORARY LIFE MEMBER AWARD

For recognition of outstanding creative achievement, or contribution to the Directors Guild of America, or the profession of directing.

JEREMY KAGAN - ROBERT B. ALDRICH AWARD

For extraordinary service to the Directors Guild of America and to its membership.

STEPHEN GLANZROCK - FRANK CAPRA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

For an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the Industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

PEERY FORBIS - FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

For an Associate Director or Stage Manager in Recognition of Career Achievement in the Industry and Service to the Directors Guild of America.

Note: Only six times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949 has the DGA Award winner not won the Best Director Academy Award:

1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar(R) for Oliver!

1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.

1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar(R) went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.

1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.

2000: Ang Lee was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Best Director Academy Award for Traffic.

2003: Rob Marshall was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Chicago while Roman Polanski won the Best Director Academy Award for The Pianist.
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