Directors Guild Retires D.W. Griffith Award

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Directors Guild of America will change the name of the award it presents for career achievement in moviemaking because the film pioneer it was named for -- D.W. Griffith -- helped foster 'intolerable racial stereotypes,' the Guild announced Tuesday. The DGA's national board voted unanimously Nov. 20 to retire Griffith as the award's namesake but kept the move quiet until notice could be given privately to past DGA presidents and former recipients, including Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Robert Altman, a guild spokesman said.

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