The winner of the 2002 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Award for a Feature Film released in 2002 was announced on March 1, 2003 at the 55th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
The DGA's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as a near-perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only five times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director.
The winner followed by the nominees in alphabetical order:
WINNER: ROB MARSHALL ("Chicago" - Studio: Miramax Films) - Mr. Marshall's Directorial Team:
This was Rob Marshall's first DGA Feature Film nomination and win.
- Production Manager: Joyce Kozy King
- First Assistant Director: Myron Hoffert
- Second Assistant Director: Grant Lucibello
STEPHEN DALDRY ("The Hours" - Studio: Paramount Pictures and Miramax Films) - Mr. Daldry's Directorial Team:
This was Mr. Daldry's first DGA nomination.
- Unit Production Managers: Jo Burn, Michael Dreyer
- Unit Production Manager (U.S. Unit): James Bigwood
- First Assistant Directors: Nick Heckstall-Smith, Martin Harrison
- First Assistant Director (U.S. Unit): Stephen Lee Davis
- Second Assistant Director: George Walker
- Second Assistant Directors (U.S. Unit): Jennifer Truelove, Kellie Jo Tackett
- Second Second Assistant Director (U.S. Unit): Peggy Jean Robinson
PETER JACKSON ("The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" - Studio: New Line Cinema) - Mr. Jackson's Directorial Team:
This was Mr. Jackson's second DGA nomination. He was nominated last year for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."
- Unit Production Managers: Nikolas Korda, Zane Weiner
- First Assistant Director: Carolynne Cunningham
- Key Second Assistant Director: Guy Campbell
- Second Assistant Director: Marc Ashton
ROMAN POLANSKI ("The Pianist" - Studio: Focus Features) - Mr. Polanski's Directorial Team:
This was Mr. Polanski's third DGA nomination. He was nominated in 1968 for "Rosemary's Baby" and in 1974 for "Chinatown."
- First Assistant Director: Ralph Remstedt
MARTIN SCORSESE ("Gangs of New York" - Studio: Miramax Films) - Mr. Scorsese's Directorial Team:
This was Mr. Scorsese's fifth DGA nomination. He was nominated in 1976 for "Taxi Driver," in 1980 for "Raging Bull," in 1990 for "Goodfellas" and in 1993 for "Age of Innocence."
- Unit Production Manager: Michael Hausman
- First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy
- Second Assistant Director: Chris Surgent
- Additional Second Assistant Director: Douglas Plasse
While the DGA is normally correct in predicting the eventual Oscar winner, these are five instances where the DGA wasn't an accurate barometer of the Academy Awards:
SOURCE: Directors Guild of America
- In 1968, Anthony Harvey took home Guild honors for "The Lion in Winter," while the Oscar went to Carol Reed for "Oliver!"
- In 1972, the DGA's selection of Francis Ford Coppola for "The Godfather" was overlooked by the Academy in favor of Bob Fosse for "Cabaret."
- In 1985, Steven Spielberg won his first DGA Award for "The Color Purple," but Academy voters selected Sydney Pollack's work on "Out of Africa."
- In 1995, Ron Howard was a DGA Award-winner for "Apollo 13" but failed to even receive an Oscar nomination. The Academy Award that year went to Mel Gibson for "Braveheart." Last year, however, Howard won the DGA Award for his direction of "A Beautiful Mind," which went on to win the Academy Award.
- In 2000, Ang Lee was chosen by the DGA for his direction of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" while Steven Soderbergh took home the Academy Award for "Traffic."