A film set's "clapper." Photo from Pixabay
A film set’s “clapper.” Photo from Pixabay.

Directors of episodes of “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Game of Thrones” were nominated Wednesday for the Directors Guild of America Award for drama series, while comedy nods went to directors of “Master of None,” “Silicon Valley,” “Veep” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

“Game of Thrones” directors — Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor — earned three of the five spots in the drama series category, while “Master of None” directors — Aziz Ansari and Melina Matsoukas — took two of the nominations in the comedy category.

Barry Levinson earned a DGA nod in the TV movie/miniseries category for helming HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies.” He will face off with Scott Frank for Netflix’s “Godless,” Kyra Sedgwick for Lifetime’s “Story of a Girl,” Jeanmarc Vallee for HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and George C. Wolfe for HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Documentary film nominations went to Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for “The Vietnam War,” Bryan Fogel for “Icarus,” Matthew Heineman for “City of Ghosts,” Steve James for “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” and Errol Morris for “Wormwood.”

The guild will announce its feature film nominations on Thursday. The DGA Awards will be presented Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton.

Here is a complete list of nominations:


— The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things,” Chapter Nine: The Gate (Netflix)

— Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Offred (Hulu)

— Jeremy Podeswa, “Game of Thrones,” The Dragon and the Wolf (HBO)

— Matt Shakman, “Game of Thrones,” The Spoils of War (HBO)

— Alan Taylor, “Game of Thrones,” Beyond the Wall (HBO)


— Aziz Ansari, “Master of None,” The Thief (Netflix)

— Mike Judge, “Silicon Valley,” Server Error (HBO)

— Melina Matsoukas, “Master of None,” Thanksgiving (Netflix)

— Beth McCarthy-Miller, “Veep,” Chicklet (HBO)

— Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)


— Scott Frank, “Godless” (Netflix)

— Barry Levinson, “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)

— Kyra Sedgwick, “Story of a Girl” (Lifetime)

— Jean Marc Vallee, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

— George C. Wolfe, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)


— Andre Allen, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, #2061 (TBS)

— Paul G. Casey, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” #1527 (HBO)

— Jim Hoskinson, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Joe Biden/Elton John (CBS)

— Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” Host: Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

— Paul Pennolino, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” French Elections (HBO)


— Stan Lathan, “Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin” (Netflix)

— Linda Mendoza, “Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Honoring David Letterman” (PBS)

— Paul Pennolino, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” (TBS)

— Amy Schumer, “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special” (Netflix)

— Glenn Weiss, “The 89th Annual Academy Awards” (ABC)


— Hisham Abed, “Encore!” Pilot (ABC)

— John Gonzalez, “Live PD,” Episode 50 (A&E)

— Brian Smith, “MasterChef,” Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Shucks (FOX)

— Adam Vetri, “Dare to Live,” Chainsmokers (MTV)

— Kent Weed, “Spartan: The Ultimate Team Challenge,” Season Premiere (NBC)


— Niki Caro, “Anne with an E,” Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny (Netflix)

— Benjamin Lehmann, “The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special” (HBO)

— Lily Mariye, “Just Add Magic,” Just Add Meddling (Amazon)

— Alison McDonald, “An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life” (Amazon)

— Matthew O’Neill and Thalia Sodi, “15: A Quinceanera Story: Zoey” (HBO)


— Martin de Thurah, StubHub and WealthSimple

— Alma Har’el, Love Without Bias, P&G – Wieden + Kennedy

— Hoffman/Metoyer, KitchenAid – DigitasLBi, Ford

— Miles Jay, Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones, Calling JohnMalkovich.com

— Isaiah Seret, Samsung Galaxy, Kohler


— Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, “The Vietnam War” (PBS)

— Bryan Fogel, “Icarus”  (Netflix)

— Matthew Heineman, “City of Ghosts” (Amazon Studios)

— Steve James, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” (PBS)

— Errol Morris, “Wormwood” (Netflix)

–City News Service

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