Jehane Noujaim wins DGA award for “The Square”

The Egyptian-American filmmaker (pictured) won the Directors Guild of America award in the documentary category for The Square, while Neil P. DeGroot picked up the reality award for TNT's 72 Hours.
January 26, 2014

Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (pictured) has won a Directors Guild of America (DGA) award for her documentary The Square.

The film was up against The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Stories We Tell and The Crash Reel in the documentary category and is also nominated for an Oscar. It was acquired by Netflix last fall and premiered on the video on demand platform this month.

Noujaim, who is to speak at the Realscreen Summit this week, also won audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival for the doc, which follows several activists during the ongoing Egyptian Revolution.

In the reality programs category, director Neil P. DeGroot won for his work on TNT’s 72 Hours, for the episode “The Lost Coast.” He previously won a DGA award in 2011 for “Episode 1115″ of The Biggest Loser.

Check out the full list of this year’s winners at the DGA’s website.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.