Directors Guild honors “Child’s Garden of Poetry”

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Amy Schatz

Amy Schatz

For her work on the Home Box Office ani­mated TV spe­cial A Child’s Gar­den of Poetry, Amy Schatz received the Direc­tors Guild of Amer­ica Award for Out­stand­ing Direc­to­r­ial Achieve­ment in Children’s Pro­grams on Sat­ur­day night.

The half-hour spe­cial also won the Emmy last year for Out­stand­ing Children’s Program.

HBO Fam­ily and the Poetry Foun­da­tion teamed up to bring clas­sic short poems to life. The pro­gram fea­tured mag­i­cal ani­ma­tion and con­tri­bu­tions from kids, as well as read­ings by such notable per­form­ers as Claire Danes, Car­rie Fisher, Josh Hamil­ton, Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, Ziggy Mar­ley, Dave Matthews, Julianne Moore, Liam Nee­son and Jef­frey Wright, plus archival record­ings by renowned poets e. e. cum­mings, Edna St. Vin­cent Mil­lay and Carl Sandburg.

This was Schatz’s sixth DGA Award nom­i­na­tion. She won the DGA Award for Out­stand­ing Direc­to­r­ial Achieve­ment in Children’s Pro­grams in 2008 for Clas­si­cal Baby (I’m Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show, in 2001 for Twas the Night, and in 1999 for Good­night Moon & Other Sleep­y­time Tales. She was pre­vi­ously nom­i­nated in this cat­e­gory for Hard Times for an Amer­i­can Girl: The Great Depres­sion in 2009 and Through a Child’s Eyes: Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 in 2002.

The 64th Annual DGA Awards Din­ner was held at the Grand Ball­room at Hol­ly­wood & High­land in Los Ange­les. Michel Haz­anavi­cius won the DGA’s Out­stand­ing Direc­to­r­ial Achieve­ment in Fea­ture Film for The Artist.

Fol­low­ing the wel­come by DGA pres­i­dent Tay­lor Hack­ford to an audi­ence of more than 1,600 guests, director-producer-actor Kelsey Gram­mer hosted the ceremony.

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 six times since the DGA Award’s incep­tion in 1948 has the win­ner not gone on to receive the Acad­emy Award for Best Director.

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