Participants of the Directors Guild of America Awards show praise for those behind the wheel of cinema.

PaGina Sirico

Thursday, February 23, 2023, 02:17

James Marsden and LeVar Burton explain the power of the director

LOS ANGELES — The Oscar race continues to heat up as we head into March 12th, and the Directors Guild of America Awards made things even more interesting.

Directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert won the top prize for “Everything Everywhere and At Once.” The win puts them in an interesting position, as all but one DGA winner has taken home Oscar gold in the past 10 years.

The Daniels family, as they’re affectionately known, told On The Red Carpet that Oscar weekend marks one year since the film’s release and what a whirlwind it’s been. “I can’t believe how amazing my life is right now,” Scheinert said.

Stephanie Hsu, who starred in Everything Everywhere, called Daniels “the future of filmmaking.”

Everyone we spoke to at the DGA Awards understands the importance of a director at the helm of any film.

“From an actor’s point of view, there’s so much trust,” said actor and host James Marsden. The director is “the most important person on the set, and now we’re honoring all these brilliant minds.”

LeVar Burton, who starred and directed, said, “As a director, you’re at the center of an entire army, and everyone is scrambling to bring your vision to life, and that’s a pretty cool place to be.”

Nominator Matthew Heinemann, whose documentary Retrograde is on NatGeo, said, “For me, this is the best room to be in. You’ve been nominated by your peers, I’m very lucky.”

“Your peers vote for this category, and I think it’s not my peers. It’s my heroes,” said Tim Federle, director of “Nate’s Better Than Ever.”

These colleagues include the likes of Steven Spielberg and Martin McDonagh, whose work influenced Best Documentary Award winner (and Oscar nominee) Sarah Dozer. “There are so many people here that I have so many questions for and really want to learn from.”

Mark your calendars: March 12 is Oscar Sunday. LIVE coverage of “On the Red Carpet” begins at 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT on select ABC stations and airs on OnTheRedCarpet.com. The 95th Academy Awards air live at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on ABC. After the final award, stay with On the Red Carpet for more coverage. Be sure to follow @OnTheRedCarpet Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for all your Oscar news and information. Click here to download our CTV apps and watch “On the Red Carpet” wherever you stream.

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