Succession sweeps drama category for TV nominations

The Directors Guild of America has released its list of nominees for this year’s awards, and this is one for books. HBO hit Succession managed to absolutely sweep the drama TV series category, snagging all five nomination spots for various episodes. This feat has not been accomplished since 1983 when police procedure Hill Street Blues nabbed all nominations in the DGA’s Outstanding Drama category. However, this happened when only three slots were available. No drama or comedy show has ever landed all five until Succession. These awards place Succession with more than 90 nominations in total since its creation in 2018.

AppleTV+ Ted Lasso also manages to take center stage by earning three nominations in the Comedy TV Series category for directors. MJ Delaney, Erica Dunton and Sam Jones while The White Lotus and hacks get the last two nominations. The White Lotus and Succession account for six of HBO’s ten total nominations, not including the other five earned under HBO Max.


When combined, HBO and HBO Max list nominations in all categories except commercials and variety/talk/news/sports specials. Behind the network, Apple TV+, Hulu and CBS come in with three nominations each, while the other networks and streamers sit at two nominations each. Other notable appointments include Bo Burnham for special Netflix Inside, Barry Levinson and danny strong for separate episodes of the limited series Drugand Catherine Bigelow for an iPhone 13 commercial. Oscar-winning director Spike Lee is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Motion Picture Directing.

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RELATED: Succession Season 3 Best MomentsLast year saw The stewardess winning the award in the comedy series category, one of HBO’s four wins that year. show time Country won Outstanding Directional Achievement in Drama and Netflix The Queen’s Bet scooped the limited series award. This year, entries released between March 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 were considered eligible.

The Directors Guild of America awards are set to premiere on March 12, 2022. Details about when the ceremony will take place, whether physical or virtual, have yet to be announced. You can check out the full list of nominations, including nominations for Directional Achievement in Documentary, and last year’s winners below:

Drama TV series

  • Kevin Bray – Estate, “Idaho Retired Janitors” (HBO)
  • MYLOD BRAND – Succession, “All the Bells Say” (HBO)
  • ANDRIJ PAREKH – Succession, “What It Takes” (HBO)
  • ROBERT PULCINI & SHARI SPRINGER BERMAN – Estate, “Lion in the Meadow” (HBO)
  • LORENE SCAFARIA – Succession, “Too Much Birthday” (HBO)

Comedy TV series

  • LUCIA ANIELLO – Hacks, “There’s No Line” (HBO Max)
  • MJ DELANEY – Ted Lasso, “No Wedding and a Funeral” (Apple TV Plus)
  • ERICA DUNTON – Ted Lasso, “Rainbow” (Apple TV Plus)
  • SAM JONES – Ted Lasso, “Beard After Hours” (Apple TV Plus)
  • MIKE WHITE – The White Lotus, “Mysterious Apes” (HBO)

TV movies and limited series

  • BARRY JENKINS – The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)
  • BARRY LEVINSON – Dopesick, “First Bottle” (Hulu)
  • HIRO MURAI – Station Eleven, “Wheel of Fire” (HBO Max)
  • DANNY STRONG – Dopesick, “The People vs. Purdue Pharma” (Hulu)
  • CRAIG ZOBEL – Easttown Mare (HBO)

Variety/Debates/News/Sports — Series

  • PAUL G. CASEY – In Real Time with Bill Maher, “1935 Episode: Fareed Zakaria, Chris Christie, Eric Adams” (HBO)
  • JIM HOSKINSON – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Episode 1105” (CBS)
  • DON ROY KING – Saturday Night Live”, Keegan-Michael Key; Olivia Rodrigo” (NBC)
  • DAVID PAUL MEYER – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, “Episode 26112” (Comedy Central)
  • PAUL PENNOLINO & CHRISTOPHER WERNER – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “Episode 830 – Season Finale” (HBO)

Variety/Debates/News/Sports — Specials

  • IAN BERGER – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents, “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse – Into the Magaverse” (Comedy Central)
  • BO BURNHAM – Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  • PAUL DUGDALE – Adele: One Night Only (CBS)
  • STAN LATHAN – Dave Chappelle: The Closer (Netflix)
  • GLENN P. WEISS – The 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)

reality programs

  • JOSEPH GUIDRY – Full Bloom, “Final Floral Face Off” (HBO Max)
  • PATRICK MCMANUS – American Ninja Warrior, “1304: Qualifiers 4” (NBC)
  • RAMY ROMANY – Making the Cut, “Brand Statement” (Amazon Prime Video)
  • BEN SIMMS – Running Wild with Bear Grylls, “Gina Carano in the Dolomites” (National Geographic Channel)
  • ADAM VETRI – Getaway Pilot, “Electric Shock” (Discovery Channel)

Children’s programs

  • JAMES BOBIN – The Mysterious Benedict Society, “A Group of Clever Orphans” (Disney Plus)
  • MICHAEL LEMBECK – The J Team (Paramount Plus)
  • PHILL LEWIS – Class Leader, “Three More Years” (HBO Max)
  • SMRITI MUNDHRA – Through Our Eyes, “Shelter” (HBO Max)
  • JEFF WADLOW – Are You Afraid of the Dark?, “The Tale of the Black House” (Nickelodeon)
  • (LAST YEAR’S WINNER: AMY SCHATZ, We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest -HBO)


  • STEVE AYSON (MJZ) – Anthem, Mattress Company – Droga5
    • Awards Speech, Miller Lite – DDB Chicago
    • ​​​​​​​Networking, Miller Lite – DDB Chicago
    • ECG, Apple Watch – Apple
    • Sleep, Apple Watch – Apple
    • Time, Squarespace – Squarespace
    • Your Mother’s Ribs, Instacart – Goodby Silverstein
    • Teenage Dream, Sandy Hook Promise – BBDO – New York
  • BRADFORD YOUNG (Serial Images x Somesuch)
    • Great. Human., Channel 4 Paralympics – 4Creative

​​​​​​​Documentary Feature Films

  • JESSICA KINGDON- Ascension (Paramount Plus)
  • STANLEY NELSON- Attica (Showtime)
  • RAOUL PECK – Exterminate All Brutes (HBO)
  • AHMIR “QUESTLOVE” THOMPSON – Summer of Soul (…Or, When Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised) (Searchlight Pictures/Onyx Collective/Hulu)
  • ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI & JIMMY CHIN – The Rescue (National Geographic)

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