Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film

The Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures is one of the annual awards given by Directors Guild of America. With 3 wins out of 11 nominations, Steven Spielberg is both the most awarded and most nominated director for this category in the history of DGA. Additionally, Alejandro G. Iñárritu is the only director to win consecutive awards. He was awarded in 2015 and 2016 for his directorial work in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Revenant, respectively.

The Directors Guild of America Award for Feature Film has traditionally been a near perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only seven times since the DGA Award's inception has the DGA Award winner not won the Academy Award; in 1968 (Carol Reed won the Oscar for directing Oliver!); 1972 (Bob Fosse won the Oscar for directing Cabaret); 1985 (Sydney Pollack won the Oscar for directing Out of Africa, as Steven Spielberg was not nominated for directing The Color Purple); 1995 (Mel Gibson won for directing Braveheart, as Ron Howard was not nominated for directing Apollo 13); 2000 (Steven Soderbergh won the Oscar for directing Traffic); 2002 (Roman Polanski won the Oscar for directing The Pianist); and 2012 (Ang Lee won the Oscar for directing Life of Pi as Ben Affleck was not nominated for directing Argo). This does not count 1948–49, when the DGA used a non-calendar award year (unlike the Academy Awards); both 1948 and 1949 DGA winners competed for the 1949 Academy Award for Best Director, which went to the 1948 DGA winner (Joseph L. Mankiewicz for A Letter to Three Wives).

Winners and nominees

† Won the Academy Award for Best Director
‡ Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director







Year Film Winners and nominees
1990 Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner
Avalon Barry Levinson
Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore
The Godfather Part III Francis Ford Coppola
Goodfellas Martin Scorsese
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme
Bugsy Barry Levinson
JFK Oliver Stone
The Prince of Tides Barbra Streisand
Thelma and Louise Ridley Scott
1992 Unforgiven Clint Eastwood
The Crying Game Neil Jordan
A Few Good Men Rob Reiner
Howards End James Ivory
The Player Robert Altman
1993 Schindler's List Steven Spielberg
The Age of Innocence Martin Scorsese
The Fugitive Andrew Davis
The Piano Jane Campion
The Remains of the Day James Ivory
1994 Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis
Four Weddings and a Funeral Mike Newell
Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino
Quiz Show Robert Redford
The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont
1995 Apollo 13 Ron Howard
Braveheart Mel Gibson
Il Postino: The Postman Michael Radford
Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis
Sense and Sensibility Ang Lee
1996 The English Patient Anthony Minghella
Fargo Joel Coen
Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe
Secrets and Lies Mike Leigh
Shine Scott Hicks
1997 Titanic James Cameron
Amistad Steven Spielberg
As Good as It Gets James Brooks
Good Will Hunting Gus Van Sant
L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson
1998 Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg
Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni
Shakespeare in Love John Madden
The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick
The Truman Show Peter Weir
1999 American Beauty Sam Mendes
Being John Malkovich Spike Jonze
The Green Mile Frank Darabont
The Insider Michael Mann
The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan


Year Film Winners and nominees
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Ang Lee
Almost Famous Cameron Crowe
Erin Brockovich Steven Soderbergh
Gladiator Ridley Scott
Traffic Steven Soderbergh
2001 A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard
Black Hawk Down Ridley Scott
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Peter Jackson
Memento Christopher Nolan
Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann
2002 Chicago Rob Marshall
Gangs of New York Martin Scorsese
The Hours Stephen Daldry
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Peter Jackson
The Pianist Roman Polanski
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Peter Jackson
Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Peter Weir
Mystic River Clint Eastwood
Seabiscuit Gary Ross
2004 Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood
The Aviator Martin Scorsese
Finding Neverland Marc Forster
Ray Taylor Hackford
Sideways Alexander Payne
2005 Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee
Capote Bennett Miller
Crash Paul Haggis
Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney
Munich Steven Spielberg
2006 The Departed Martin Scorsese
Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu
Dreamgirls Bill Condon
Little Miss Sunshine Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
The Queen Stephen Frears
2007 No Country for Old Men Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Julian Schnabel
Into the Wild Sean Penn
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button David Fincher
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan
Frost/Nixon Ron Howard
Milk Gus Van Sant
2009 The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow
Avatar James Cameron
Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino
Precious Lee Daniels
Up in the Air Jason Reitman


Year Film Winners and nominees
2010 The King's Speech Tom Hooper
Black Swan Darren Aronofsky
The Fighter David O. Russell
Inception Christopher Nolan
The Social Network David Fincher
2011 The Artist Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants Alexander Payne
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Fincher
Hugo Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen
2012 Argo Ben Affleck
Les Misérables Tom Hooper
Life of Pi Ang Lee
Lincoln Steven Spielberg
Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow
2013 Gravity Alfonso Cuarón
12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen
American Hustle David O. Russell
Captain Phillips Paul Greengrass
The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu
American Sniper Clint Eastwood
Boyhood Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
The Imitation Game Morten Tyldum
2015 The Revenant Alejandro G. Iñárritu
The Big Short Adam McKay
Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller
The Martian Ridley Scott
Spotlight Tom McCarthy

See also

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