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American Ninja Warrior nominated for a Directors Guild of America award

Director Patrick McManus was nominated for his work on the Miami City Qualifiers.

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American Ninja Warrior has been nominated for a 2019 Directors Guild of America (DGA) award.

Director Patrick McManus was nominated for his work on the Miami City Qualifiers. He’s joined by Associate Director Dave Massey and Stage Manager Joseph R. Osborne. The nomination was in the category of “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs.”

Really, who could forget about the Miami Qualifiers of season 10? It was PACKED with highlights. Bootie Cothran had the crowd cheering with his first career buzzer. Matt and Akbar wore moose hats for Morgan Wright. Gabe Stewart, a football and track coach and teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, moved us all to tears with his run for his community. Ryan Stratis took down the Mega Wall. Drew Drechsel took the fastest time of the Night. Jessie Graff returned to become the first woman of the season to hit a buzzer. Should we go on? You can read the full recap here.

You can still watch the Miami Qualifiers on NBC.Com.

You can learn more about Patrick McManus’ long career and how he approaches our favorite show in this interview.

As stated on the DGA website: “The winners will be announced at the 71st Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hollywood and Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.”

American Ninja Warrior is up against four other shows in the same category.

  • “Better Late Than Never” - Neil P. DeGroot
  • “Iron Chef Gauntlet” - Eytan Keller
  • “The Final Table” - Russell Norman
  • “The Amazing Race” - Bertram van Munster

American Ninja Warrior has previously been nominated for two Kids’ Choice Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and three Primetime Emmy Awards. However, we haven’t snagged the trophy yet. Come on, DGAs and congrats to McManus and his team on this honor!