The Directors Guild of America has announced its nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2013. Last year, Alejandro Inarritu won the top honor for P&G's tear-jerking Olympics film, "Best Job." There are three first-time DGA nominees among this year's crop.
Nominated for the first time is John X. Carey, who earns a nod for one of Creativity's favorite pieces of work from last year, Dove's "Real Beauty Sketches." The film, which featured a forensic sketch artist drawing women based on how they see themselves, was produced out of Tool and Paranoid out of agency Ogilvy Sao Paulo.
Another first-timer is Epoch's Martin de Thurah, who is nominated for Hennessy's "The Man Who Couldn't Slow Down," created via Droga5. He also earns a nod for "Human Race," for the Acura MDX 2014, created via Mullen.
Fredrik Bond earns his sixth DGA nomination for Heineken's "Voyage" and Johnny Walker's "From the Future," via Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam and BBH London, respectively. He was also nominated last year for Puma's "Surfer" out of Droga5 and Budweiser's "Eternal Optimism" via Anomaly.
Noam Murro, who won the award in 2011 for work including "Handlebar Mustache" for Heineken Premium Light out of Wieden New York and "Hot House" for DirecTV out of Grey New York, is nominated for the seventh time. Notable spots include Guinness' Basketball, out of BBDO New York, DirecTV Kids, via Grey New York and Volkswagen's "Mask," from Deutsch Los Angeles.
The winners will be announced at the 66th Annual DGA Awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 25.