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Ben Affleck Takes Home Top Honors at 2013 Directors Guild of America Awards

By Alicia Lutes, Hollywood.com Staff

This year's Best Director Oscar race has proven a surprising one, with two of the most-nominated directors at every other awards show being shut out of the big game. We're, of course, talking about Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, respectively. So hopes were high that vindication would be at their backs, guiding at least one of them to gold. And what a victory it was for winner Affleck, who took home the top feature film honors at the ceremony in Hollywood. Affleck's win is just one of many that he's gained for directing the story of Tony Mendez and the six fugitive Americans embassy workers in 1980. At this point, it seems hard to imagine Affleck will miss the Oscar trophy he could've won, had the Academy not snubbed him during nominations. What's one award amongst friends, right?

But it wasn't just a big night for movies. Big names in television — including Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Bryan Cranston, and Looper's Rian Johnson — were all up for directoral nods on the small screen. But it was the seemingly-unstoppable Dunham that took home the top prize in comedic television for her HBO series Girls — and on her first nomination, to boot! Welcome to 2013: Year of the Dunham. (And you thought it was 2012, pish posh!) Johnson took home the dramatic prize for his work on the Cranston-fronted Breaking Bad. Cranston himself was up for directing an episode of Modern Family. From meth kingpin to primetime comedy director — there's really nothing that man can't do, huh?

Check out the full list of nominees (and winners; bolded) below!

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

BEN AFFLECK

Argo

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

KATHRYN BIGELOW

Zero Dark Thirty

(Columbia Pictures)

TOM HOOPER

Les Misérables

(Universal Pictures)

ANG LEE

Life of Pi

(Twentieth Century Fox)

STEVEN SPIELBERG

Lincoln

(DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series

GREG BERLANTI

Political Animals, "Pilot"

(USA Network)

PHILIP KAUFMAN

Hemingway & Gellhorn

(HBO)

KEVIN REYNOLDS

Hatfields & McCoys

(History Channel)

JAY ROACH

Game Change

(HBO)

MICHAEL RYMER

American Horror Story: Asylum, "Dark Cousin"

(FX)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

MICHAEL CUESTA

Homeland, ""The Choice""

(Showtime)

JENNIFER GETZINGER

Mad Men, "A Little Kiss"

(AMC)

LESLI LINKA GLATTER

Homeland, ""Q&A""

(Showtime)

RIAN JOHNSON

Breaking Bad, "Fifty-One"

(AMC)

GREG MOTTOLA

The Newsroom, "We Just Decided To" (Pilot)

(HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

LOUIS C.K.

Louie, "New Year's Eve"

(FX)

MARK CENDROWSKI

The Big Bang Theory, "The Date Night Variable"

(CBS)

BRYAN CRANSTON

Modern Family, "Election Day"

(ABC)

LENA DUNHAM

Girls, "Pilot"

(HBO)

BETH MCCARTHY-MILLER

30 Rock, "Live from Studio 6H"

(NBC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety

MICHAEL DEMPSEY

12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief

(Multiple Networks/Cable Outlets)

DON ROY KING

Saturday Night Live with Host Mick Jagger

(NBC)

DON MISCHER

84th Annual Academy Awards

(ABC)

CHUCK O'NEIL

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, ""Episode #17153""

(Comedy Central)

GLENN WEISS

66th Annual Tony Awards

(CBS)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

TONY CROLL

America's Next Top Model, ""The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model""

(CW)

PETER NEY

Face Off, ""Scene of the Crime""

(Syfy)

BRIAN SMITH

Master Chef, "Episode #305"

(FOX)

J. RUPERT THOMPSON

Stars Earn Stripes, "Amphibious Assault"

(NBC)

TIM WARREN

Ink Master, "Pasties and a Cameltoe"

(SpikeTV)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials

ALAN ALARR

Days of Our Lives, "Trapped"

(NBC)

LARRY CARPENTER

General Hospital, "Bad Water"

(ABC)

WILLIAM LUDEL

General Hospital, "Magic Milo"

(ABC)

SCOTT MCKINSEY

General Hospital, "Shot Through The Heart"

(ABC)

JILL MITWELL

One Life To Live, "Between Heaven and Hell"

(ABC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs

STUART GILLARD

Girl vs. Monster

(Disney Channel)

PAUL HOEN

Let it Shine

(Disney Channel)

SAVAGE STEVE HOLLAND

Big Time Movie

(Nickelodeon)

JONATHAN JUDGE

Camp Fred

(Nickelodeon)

AMY SCHATZ

Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules for Parents on Divorce

(HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

MALIK BENDJELLOUL

Searching For Sugar Man

KIRBY DICK

The Invisible War

DAVID FRANCE

How To Survive A Plague

LAUREN GREENFIELD

The Queen of Versailles

ALISON KLAYMAN

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

What do you think of this year's winners? Let us know in the comments!

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes

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