The 64th annual Directors Guild of America Awards (DGA) were held on January 28 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland Centre in Los Angeles. The event was hosted by actor-director Kelsey Grammer.
Silent black and white film "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius bagged the award for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film. Other nominees were Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"), David Finch ("The Girl With Dragon Tattoo"), Alexander Payne ("The Descendants") and Martin Scorsese ("Hugo").
The gala event to honour top film-makers was attended by Jennifer Aniston, Stana Katic, Helen Mirren, "The Artist" director Hazanavicius and actor Jean Dujardin, "The Descendants" actors George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and director Alexander Payne.
Jon Cassar won the award for "The Kennedys" in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category.
James Marsh won in Documentary category for "Project Nim", which is based on a chimpanzee's life.
In Comedy category, the award went to Robert B. Weide for "Curb Your Enthusiasm, Palestinian Chicken".
In Musical Variety, the honour went to Glenn Weiss for 65<sup>th Annual Tony Awards (CBS). In Reality Porgrams category Neil P. Degroot got the award for "Biggest Loser", Episode # 1115 (NBC).
William Ludel bagged the award in Daytime Serials category for "General Hospital, Intervention" (ABC).
For directorial contribution to Children's Programs, Amy Schatz won for "A Child's Garden of Poetry".
Patty Jenkins won the dramatic series award for "The Killing, Pilot" (AMC).
Noam Murro of Biscuit Filmworks won the award for outstanding directorial achievement for commercials.