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Sunday, January 31, 2010

What has the Internet, Smart Phones and the Digital World done to us?

How has our digital world changed who we are? Who we will evolve into? Feel free to read this link to a Salon commentary and to view the series referred to on PBS. 

Let us know what you think.

Are we pushed to the limit on doing things faster and faster?

Are we further apart from each other in terms of real contact?

Can texting, instant messaging, e-mail and other e-communications keep us from meeting and knowing people we should and could have known if we had opened out eyes and simply talked with people in person?

Is more expected from us then ever before?

Are we being used, abuses and discarded?

Are we losing our literacy?

Are we becoming sheep?

Your thoughts please....

History made in DGA best director prize



 "The Hurt Locker" is now the odds on favorite for the Best Picture Oscar. Never has a film awarded the top prize by the producers and directors guilds not taken best picture. Still "Avatar" and the 8 other nominees could still make history.

"Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bielow made history last night when the Directors Guild of America selected her as the first woman to earn the Best Directorial award in the 60 year history of the guild.  


A complete list follows, courtesy of Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and the DGA.

Winners list:
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM

Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker
(Summit Entertainment)


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION/MINISERIES

Ross Katz
Taking Chance
(HBO)


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY

Louie Psihoyos
The Cove
(Oceanic Preservation Society and Roadside Attractions)


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES NIGHT

Lesli Linka Glatter
Mad Men - "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency"
(AMC)


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES

Jason Winer
Modern Family - "Pilot"
(ABC)


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL VARIETY

Don Mischer
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
(HBO)



OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMS

Craig Borders
Build It Bigger Season 3 - "Hong Kong Bridge"
(Discovery Science)


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DAYTIME SERIALS

Christopher Goutman
As The World Turns - "Once Upon A Time"
(CBS)


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS

Tom Kuntz
MJZ
UK


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Allison Liddi-Brown
Princess Protection Program
(Disney Channel)


2009 DGA SERVICE AND CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Director Norman Jewison - DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished achievement in Motion Picture Direction.


Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company - DGA Honorary Life Member Award, given in recognition of outstanding creative achievement, leadership in the industry, contribution to the DGA or to the profession of directing.



Barry M. Meyer, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. - DGA Honorary Life Member Award, given in recognition of outstanding creative achievement, leadership in the industry, contribution to the DGA or to the profession of directing.


Roger Goodman received the DGA's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction for distinguished achievement.


Cleve Landsberg received the 2010 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.


Maria Jimenez Henley received the 2010 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.