Sapochnik Nominated for Directors Guild Award for Game of Thrones

Jon Snow in Battle of the Bastards
The Directors Guild of America announced their selections yesterday for their 69th annual awards, celebrating outstanding director achievements for the past year. Game of Thrones directorial standout Miguel Sapochnik has made the competitive short list for the Dramatic Television Series category. Sapochnik’s nomination recognizes his work in the staggering season six episode, “Battle of the Bastards.”

The other Dramatic Series nominees include:

  • The Duffer Brothers, for Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers” (Netflix)
  • Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “From the Ashes of Tragedy” (FX)
  • Jonathan Nolan, Westworld, “The Original” (HBO)
  • John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “The Race Card” (FX)

This is Sapochnik’s first Directors Guild Award nomination. A Game of Thrones director won the prize last year, with David Nutter taking home the award for his work on the season five finale “Mother’s Mercy.” Perhaps another GoT director will win this year too! With the technical achievements of “Battle of the Bastards,” and the widespread acclaim for Sapochnik’s work (including an Emmy for his directing of the episode), Game of Thrones is a major contender in the category.

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    1. didi,

      He has some other directing opportunities such as Iron Fist and Altered Carbon, both Netflix shows ironically. Simple as that. The showrunners have already basically confirmed he will be back for season eight. Just his schedule wasn’t free for season 7.

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    2. I’m very happy for Miguel Sapochnik, maybe it’s his year! I’ll keep my fingers crossed. He did so much for us fans, it’s the least I can do for him 🙂

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    3. Actually, he should have been nominated for his direction of the season finale instead, but either why, he’s deserving.

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    4. Wow! Wanna talk about a coincidence, me and my Ma were just discussing a re-watch of season 6, and she said she would watch every episode except this one. Then I just happened up on this piece not even a minute later. During GoT I go to her house every Sunday, and watch with her. She was saying that the scene with Jon trapped underneath all the dead soldiers gave her the hee-bee-jeebees . She was saying just the feelings that were conveyed in the scene of him gasping for air/life just made her feel like she was actually there in his boots. That just goes to show how powerful the episode was, and I kind of feel her on this one. It kind of freaked me out too, lol. Well deserved Miguel!

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    5. Jack Sharpe:
      didi,

      He has some other directing opportunities such as Iron Fist and Altered Carbon, both Netflix shows ironically. Simple as that. The showrunners have already basically confirmed he will be back for season eight. Just his schedule wasn’t free for season 7.

      Good to hear it is scheduling etc

      They gave him last two for S6 so shows the Showrunners think highly of him etc

      Looking forward to him doing S8

      Well done on his nomination, can imagine he’s a strong candidate for the award given how amazing BoB is, eg there’s heroic moment but no glorification and really went into how ruthless gritty etc such a battle would be

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