Jane Lynch is set to become the first female host of the DGA Awards at its 66th annual ceremony on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jane Lynch as host of the DGA Awards for the very first time,” said DGA President Paris Barclay (who has directed Lynch on a number of Glee episodes). “I have known Jane for years, and have envied her quick wit – and her extraordinary height. She always makes the job of directing her a joy, and I look forward to her helping us honor the year’s best in film and television.”
Previous hosts included Carl Reiner – who led the ceremony an incredible 23 times – and Kelsey Grammer, who hosted for the past two years.
The awards honor excellence in feature film, documentary, television, and commercials across the year, and have a pretty spot-on record for predicting who will walk away with a directing Oscar. Only seven DGA Feature Film winners have not gone on to win Best Director at the Academy Awards that year. Nominees in the feature category will be announced on Jan. 9.
The DGA’s might be a first for the veteran stage and screen actress, but Lynch is no stranger to the difficult task of hosting awards shows. Here’s her opening bit from the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmys.
Unfortunately, the DGA Awards have not historically been a televised event.