Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Bryan Cranston among DGA TV nominees

Bryan Cranston at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.
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The Directors Guild of America on Wednesday announced nominees in the television categories of the annual DGA Awards, recognizing the behind-the-scenes talent of shows including “Mad Men” and “Homeland” as well as familiar faces such as Lena Dunham, Louis C.K. and Bryan Cranston.

In the drama category, two “Homeland” directors picked up nominations: Michael Cuesta for the second season finale and Leslie Linka Glatter for the episode “Q&A.;” Jennifer Getzinger was nominated for “Mad Men’s” fifth-season premiere, “A Little Kiss,” while Rian Johnson and Greg Mottola -- both directors best known for their film work -- earned nods for “Breaking Bad” and “The Newsroom,” respectively.

The comedy category was dominated by first-time nominees better known for their work in front of the cameras: Dunham for the “Girls” pilot, Louis C.K. for “Louie” (“New Year’s Eve”) and “Breaking Bad” actor Cranston for “Modern Family” (“Election Day”). A fourth first-timer, Mark Cendrowski, was nominated for “The Big Bang Theory” (“The Date Night Variable”) Beth McCarthy-Miller is the only previous nominee in the category, earning a nod for last year’s live episode of “30 Rock.”


Meanwhile, HBO ruled the day in the miniseries or movie category, with Jay Roach picking up a nomination for “Game Change” and Phillip Kaufman for “Hemingway & Gellhorn.” They will vie for the award with Greg Berlanti for “Political Animals,” Kevin Reynolds for “Hatfields & McCoys” and Michael Rymer for “American Horror Story: Asylum.”

The 65th DGA Awards are scheduled for Feb. 2.


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