No matter who comes away with medallions from the Directors Guild of America's best-directing awards Saturday night, the DGA Women's Steering Committee feels that it has won a victory.
"Women directors comprise 7% of the director membership of the DGA, and yet the quality of their work has gathered 24% of the best-director nominations," says Kate Quillan, spokeswoman for the Women's Steering Committee.
Of the 25 directors nominated for DGA awards this year, six are women:
Randa Haines, for "Children of a Lesser God" in the features category; Lee Grant, for the TV movie "Nobody's Child" in the dramatic TV specials category; Catlin Adams, for "Wanted: One Perfect Guy," and Leslie B. Hill, for "God, the Universe and Hot Fudge Sundaes" in the category for daytime drama on TV, and, in the documentary/actuality category, Perry Miller Adato for "Eugene O'Neill: The Glory of Ghosts," and Kyle Good for "48 Hours on Crack Street".
Last year, no women were nominated in any of the DGA's eight categories, which also include comedy series, dramatic nighttime, musical/variety and sports.