Angela Bassett Receives Directors Guild Awards Nomination for 'Whitney' Biopic

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett received a Directors Guild of America Awards nomination in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series category.

In her directorial debut, the acclaimed actress called the shots behind the camera for Lifetime’s “Whitney” biopic, starring Yaya Dacosta in the title role.

Bassett, along with fellow nominees Kenny Leon (shared nomination with Matthew Diamond) for NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” and Dee Rees for HBO’s “Bessie” biopic, starring Queen Latifah, are the few people of color that have received nods from the guild for outstanding work in 2015.

Marielle Heller scored a nod in the First-Time Feature Film Director category for “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.” She is the lone woman recognized by the guild for feature filmmaking.

The filmmakers of  “The Revenant,” “The Martian,” “Spotlight,” “The Big Short” and “Mad Max: Fury Road”–all men–received nominations for guild’s top honor, Feature Film.

The award program recognizes outstanding achievement in direction for feature films, documentaries, television, reality programs and commercials.

RELATED: Directors Guild Nominations Leave Oscar Race as Murky as Ever

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by actress Jane Lynch.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series category:

ANGELA BASSETT
Whitney – Lifetime

LAURIE COLLYER
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe – Lifetime

PAUL HAGGIS
Show Me a Hero – HBO

KENNY LEON
MATTHEW DIAMOND
The Wiz Live! – NBC

DEE REES
Bessie – HBO

First-Time Feature Film Director:

MARIELLE HELLER
The Diary of a Teenage Girl

FERNANDO COIMBRA
A Wolf at the Door

JOEL EDGERTON
The Gift

ALEX GARLAND
Ex Machina

LÁSZLÓ NEMES
Son of Saul

Click here to see a list of nominees in all categories.

Comments