Directors Guild Sets Awards for January 28

Major Oscar precursor returns to Hollywood & Highland for its 2012 awards dinner

The Directors Guild of America has scheduled its 64th annual DGA Awards for Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland center in Los Angeles. The DGA used the same location last year; the ballroom is also the site of the Oscars' Governors Ball, and sits adjacent to the Kodak Theater.

The date will put the DGA Awards one week after the Producers Guild, and three weeks before the Writers Guild.

The announcement came on Friday as the DGA set the key dates for its 2012 awards. Those dates:

September 6, 2011: Documentary entry forms mailed to theatrical distributors, broadcast networks and past entries
     Membership TV, commercials and documentary director entry forms mailed
September 30: Deadline for submitting documentary entry forms and submitting DVDs for documentaries released or broadcast January 1 – September 30, 2011
October 31: Deadline for submitting documentary entry forms and submitting DVDs for documentaries released or broadcast October 1 – December 31, 2011
November 29, 2011: Feature film ballots mailed and online voting opened
December 1: Deadline for submitting television and commercials
December 12: Television nominating ballots mailed and online voting opened
January 4, 2012: Deadline for returning all television nominating ballots by mail/online
January 6, 2012: Deadline for returning feature film ballots by mail/online
January 9: Feature film nominees announced
     Final feature film ballots mailed and online voting opened
January 10: Television and commercials nominees announced
January 12: Documentary nominees announced
January 16-20: Membership screenings of nominated films
January 27: Deadline for returning all ballots by mail/online

January 28: 64th DGA Awards Dinner