AceShowbiz - Sam Mendes took home the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film prize for his war epic "1917" at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
The star beat off fierce competition from Bong Joon-Ho's Neon's "Parasite", Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", and Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" for the award, and thanked his grandfather as he took the stage.
"My grandfather inspired this film, and he made me when I was 12 sign a contract promising I would write a novel by the age of 18," he said. "Obviously I'm not a freak, so I didn't do that, but I did do this."
Sam's victory comes hot off his success at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA) last weekend, leaving the filmmaker a frontrunner for Oscars success next month.
Meanwhile, Alma Har'el also enjoyed a successful night, winning the Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director award for Amazon's "Honey Boy", which started as notes from Shia LaBeouf who was doing a writing assignment for his court-ordered rehab.
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert were also recognised for their Netflix documentary movie, "American Factory".
On the TV side of things, HBO dominated with four of the 11 total categories on offer. Bill Hader took home the Comedy Series prize for "Barry"; Johan Renck was recognised for "Chernobyl" in the TV Movie/Limited Series category; Nicole Kassell won for her episode of "Watchmen" in Dramatic Series; and Amy Schatz won her sixth DGA Award for "Song of Parkland" in the Children's Program race.