Martin McDonagh and Steven Spielberg continue awards season rivalry with DGA endorsements

Martin McDonagh and Steven Spielberg will continue their rivalry during the awards season after both have been nominated for top awards by the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

The couple received DGA’s approval on Wednesday for outstanding directorial success in a feature film for 2022 – but no female director was included.

They’re joined by fellow awards season leaders Daniel Kwan and filmmakers Daniel Scheinert of Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Directors Todd Field and Joseph Kosinski were also nominated for the award for Tar and Top Gun: Maverick, respectively.

This comes after McDonagh’s The Banshees Of Inisherin and Spielberg’s The Fabelmans won major awards at the 80th annual Golden Globes on Tuesday.

McDonagh took home the Golden Globe for best screenplay for his dark Irish comedy starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film won him awards for best motion picture, drama, and best directing.

80th Golden Globe Awards – Press Room

Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film earned him a Golden Globe for best motion picture and drama, and best directing (Chris Pizzello/AP)

The films garnered numerous awards with their cast in Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award nominations, also announced on Wednesday.

Both received endorsements for the outstanding performance of the cast in a motion picture – the SAG equivalent of best movie.

“The work recognized this year represents the incredible power of film in the hands of these talented directors to tell deeply touching stories that touch us all,” said Lesli Linka Glatter, DGA president.

“Being recognized by our peers in our highly collaborative creative process shows the heart and soul at the heart of these films, and we congratulate all five nominees for their powerful, brilliantly told stories.”

In the DGA television categories, actors Jason Bateman, Ben Stiller and Bill Hader were also nominated for their respective series; Ozark, Severance, and Barry.

Mike White continued his successful awards season streak by being nominated for the hit HBO series The White Lotus, which also won the Golden Globes.

Tim Burton’s Netflix hit show Wednesday, starring Jenna Ortega, was nominated for DGA’s outstanding directorial success in the comedy series category.

Winners in all categories will be announced at the 75th annual DGA awards, which will be held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 18th.

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