The nominees in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary are Garbus for her Nina Simone doc What Happened, Miss Simone?, Gibney for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi for Meru, Matthew Heineman for Cartel Land and Asif Kapadia for Amy.
Gibney has been nominated twice before – for Taxi to the Darkside in 2007 and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer in 2010 – and the rest are first-time nominees.
Meanwhile, the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs are Brady Connell for “Episode 304″ of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight, Ken Fuchs for episode “702″ of ABC’s Shark Tank, Steve Hryniewicz for episode “Superstar Sabotage Finale: It’s Raining Ramen” of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, Bertram van Munster for episode “Bring the Fun, Baby!” of CBS’ The Amazing Race, and Adam Vetri for episode “God of War” of CMT’s Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.
Connell and Fuchs are first-time nominees. Hryniewicz and Vetri have each been nominated once before and van Munster has been nominated nine times in the past.
The winners will be announced during the 68th Annual DGA Awards ceremony, held in Los Angeles on February 6.