As expected, Guillermo del Toro took home the DGA Award for Feature Film Directing, which makes him a virtual lock to take the equivalent prize on Oscar night, as only four people have won the former and lost the latter when they were nominated for both.
Jordan Peele took the Feature Film Debut prize, as expected, as he was the only debut nominee to also be nominated in the main film category (see also, Garth Davis in the previous year).
On the TV side:
- Reed Morano claimed yet another prize for The Handmaid's Tale's pilot episode;
- Beth McCarthy-Miller won the comedy prize for for Veep;
- Jean-Marc Vallee's awards season sweep for Big Little Lies continued (it must surely be drawing to a close by this point);
- New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro won the prize for children's programming for directing the pilot episode of Anne (or Anne With An E). I'm somewhat dubious of classifying Anne as a children's program given some of its content, but whatever: awards!
- Saturday Night Live triumphed in regular series variety directing; and
- the prize for special variety program was given to Glenn Weiss for the directing of the 89th Academy Awards, presumably in recognition for his last-second coverage of the great ballot screwup.