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 award program recognizes outstanding achievement in direction for feature films, documentaries, television, reality programs and commercials.
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:
Whitney – Lifetime
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe – Lifetime
Show Me a Hero – HBO
The Wiz Live! – NBC
Bessie – HBO
First-Time Feature Film Director:
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
A Wolf at the Door
Son of Saul
Click here to see a list of nominees in all categories.