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• Musical variety: Glenn Weiss, “The 65th Annual Tony Awards.”

• Daytime serials: William Ludel, “General Hospital.”

• Children’s programs: Amy Schatz, “A Child’s Garden of Poetry.”

• Commercials: Noam Murro.

At the start of the ceremony, guild President Taylor Hackford led the crowd in a toast to one of his predecessors, Gil Cates, the veteran producer of the Oscar broadcast who died last year.

The Directors Guild awards were the first of two major Hollywood honors this weekend. The Screen Actors Guild hands out its prizes Sunday.