The Directors Guide of America has spoken, and they have made it very clear that they are a fan of a few things: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” David Fincher, and “Modern Family.” They are also, like many other awards shows, not as big of a fan of “Mad Men” in comparison to years past.
Most of the nominees for the 2014 DGA Awards are not exactly a surprise, since they are all episodes and shows that have been nominated elsewhere. It’s not the most inclusive list of all time, but blame the guild for not really having that many TV categories. Then again, the only way that you could really add to this is if you were adding categories for genre shows or based on how long something was on the air.
Take a look at the nominees in all of the TV categories below, along with our brief analysis on them.
Bryan Cranston, “Blood Money” episode of “Breaking Bad” – Tread lightly. This one quote became one of the most popular of the entire series.
David Fincher, “Chapter 1” episode of “House of Cards” – This was the episode that started it all, and it only makes sense that a guy of Fincher’s caliber, who is an executive producer on the show, would want to step into the chair here.
Vince Gilligan, “Felina” episode of “Breaking Bad” – It’s the series finale. We’d say more, but SPOILERS.
Lesli Linka Glatter, “The Star” episode of “Homeland” – This was practically two separate episodes, and this is the weakest link on what is an otherwise great list.
David Nutter, “The Rains of Castamere” episode of “Game of Thrones” – The Red Wedding, and the episode that sent Twitter into hysterics.
Mark Cendrowski, “The Hofstadter Insufficiency” – This season’s premiere, and actually not an episode of the show that we would have put on here.
Bryan Cranston, “Modern Family” episode “The Old Man & the Tree” – The Christmas episode, and proof that the DGA cannot resist Cranston.
Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family” episode “My Hero” – A great episode, and it’s nice that the guild isn’t just looking for premieres, finales, or other sort of event-themed installments.
Beth McCarthy-Miller, “30 Rock” episodes “Hogcock!” and “Last Lunch” – We are mostly surprised that anyone still remembered that “30 Rock” aired in 2013.
Anthony Rich, “The Big Bang Theory” episode “The Love Spell Potential” – Amy, Sheldon, and Dungeons & Dragons single-handedly won people over with this episode.
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