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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