Los Angeles –  The Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2018.

The winners will be announced at the 71st Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hollywood and Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.


Getting Ready, Dollar Shave Club – (client direct)
First Assistant Director: Robert Phillips
Second Assistant Director: Braden Anderson

The Dance, Speight’s – DDB
This is Mr. Ayson’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2012 for Beer Chase (Carlton Draught) and Let Me Go (The Cosmopolitan of Los Vegas).
Harmony, Virgin TV – BBH

Take Them All On, BT Sport – AMV BBDO

First Assistant Director: Matthew Clyde

The Big Win, Confused.com – Karmarama

First Assistant Director: Aldric Porter

Second Assistant Director: Erv Gentry

This is Mr. Bond’s eighth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2016 for Dive (Apple) and World of Play (LG); in 2013 for Voyage (Heineken) and From the Future (Johnny Walker); in 2012 for Surfer (Puma) and Eternal Optimism (Budweiser); in 2011 for Date and The Entrance (Heineken); in 2008 for First Time (Levis) Fridge Magnet (Guinness) and Space (Carling); in 2007 for Aviator (JC Penney) and Straw (Milk); and in 2004 for Cherry and Jelly Fish (Three) and The Other Game (Nike-Euro).

(Epoch Films)
Final Breath, Audi RS 5 Coupe – Venables, Bell & Partners

First Assistant Director: Howell Caldwell
Mama Said Knock You Out, Chase – Droga5


First Assistant Director: Shawn Thomas
Second Assistant Director: Oren Tuvia

Space Station, Macy’s – BBDO

First Assistant Director: John Lowe

This is Mr. de Thurah’s third DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials in 2013 for The Man Who Couldn’t Slow Down (Hennessy VS) and Human Race(Acura MDX 2014); and again in 2017 for Festival and Machines (StubHub) and Mad World (WealthSimple).

Welcome Home, Apple Homepod – TBWA \ Media Arts Lab


Unit Production Managers: Vincent Landay, Natalie Hill
First Assistant Director: Thomas Smith
Second Assistant Directors: Robert Kay, Nadeem Ashayer, Dave Marnell
Second Second Assistant Director: Jeff Tavani

This is Mr. Jonze’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2006 for Hello Tomorrow (Adidas), Penguin (Miller Beer) and Pardon Our Dust (Gap). He was also previously nominated for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award for Being John Malkovich in 1999.

(O Positive)
An Alien Abroad, Babbel – Wieden + Kennedy London


Daughter and Mother, Alzheimer’s PSA – BBDO NY



Unit Production Managers: Marc Grill, Ralph Laucella
First Assistant Director: Daryl Patterson
Second Assistant Director: Samantha Melville
This is Mr. Shane’s first DGA Award nomination.