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Woot woot! My pick to win Best Director at the Oscars took home the Feature Film trophy at the recently concluded Directors Guild of America awards. And it's truly deserving! Cuaron defied gravity, yes pun intended, to create "Gravity," a movie grounded in sci-fi realism that many directors before him (including James Cameron) were saying that it would be hard to do. But Cuaron did it, and did it extremely well! So hats off to "Gravity" and Cuaron's direction!
Here's the complete list of winners of the DGA awards and right after the jump, check out my interview with Cuaron for "Gravity" that we conducted back in October. Oh, and take a look at my interview with the lovely Sandra Bullock as well.
Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave")
Last night, the Director's Guild of America revealed the winners of the 66th annual DGA Awards, with Alfonso Cuaron taking home the top honour, the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, for his work on Gravity.
In addition to Cuaron, there were also awards for Jehane Noujaim (Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary - The Square), Vince Gilligan (Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series - Breaking Bad) and Steven Soderbergh (Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries - Behind the Candelabra). Check out the full list of winners below...
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Outstanding Directorial »
- Gary Collinson
The 2014 Directors Guild Awards were handed out earlier this evening, and Alfonso Cuaron took the top prize for Gravity, launching him (and the film) into frontrunner status heading into the Oscars. The DGA winner is a very solid predictor of the eventual Oscar winner for the Best Director category, as the two have only failed to match up seven times in the past 65 years. Moreover, the DGA winner’s film has won the Best Picture Oscar on all but 13 occasions. We’ve known it’s going to be a very tight race since the PGA split its top award between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, but this DGA win for Gravity puts it ever so slightly ahead. Elsewhere at the DGA Awards, Steven Soderbergh took home the Miniseries/TV Movie prize for Behind the Candelabra and Vince Gilligan won TV Drama for the series finale of Breaking Bad, beating out »
- Adam Chitwood
Sandra Bullock praised the imagination, kindness and inspiration of her Gravity director, Alfonso Cuarón, at the 66th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday. She also teased the heck out of him. Bullock, 49, joked that her son Louis, 3½, may need therapy for years to come after watching his mom rigged up on set with equipment that made it look like she was adrift in space. As she spent hours in her astronaut's suit, locked down in a 9-by-9-ft. light box with only an earpiece to hear, Bullock said Cuarón would offer her a little break »
- Andrea Billups
Despite the discrepancy last year over "Argo," the DGA winner is usually seen as the strongest indicator for the likely winner in the Best Director category at the Oscars.
Jehane Noujaim took the prize for best director of a documentary with "The Square", while Steven Soderbergh won an award for his telemovie "Behind the Candelabra". Beth McCarthy-Miller and Vince Gilligan took the directing awards for comedy series ("30 Rock") and drama series ("Breaking Bad") respectively.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
• Full coverage of the Oscars 2014 race
In the recent bustle of Hollywood shows, Gravity, David O Russell's con caper American Hustle, and Steve McQueen's historical epic 12 Years a Slave were competing in the tightest three-way Oscar race in years. But the win gives Cuaron's lost-in-space-saga an edge on the journey to the Academy Awards.
With 10 Oscar nominations, Cuarón's film is likely to gain the most Academy Awards this year. American Hustle also has 10 nominations, while 12 Years a Slave has nine. The early momentum of 12 Years a Slave has begun to deflate following this evening's upset and the results of the Golden Globes. McQueen's film was nominated for seven Globes, but only »
As widely predicted, Alfonso Cuaron took home the top prize at Saturday’s Directors Guild Awards for Warner Bros.’ “Gravity,” making his Oscar chances seem even stronger as director. But the big question is whether this prize will translate into a best-picture advantage.
A lot can happen in the next few weeks and the applause in the DGA room at the Century Plaza seemed evenly split: All five directors got equally enthused reaction. Still one shouldn’t underestimate this win.
Of all the Oscar bellwethers, the DGA honors are the most reliable…except when they aren’t. The DGA and Oscar winners have varied only seven times in 65 years, which is a great track record. But four of those times have been in the last 19 years, so the variations are becoming a little more frequent. And the most recent split was last year.
Maybe the big surprise should not be »
- Tim Gray
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron walked away with the top honor at the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards, held Saturday. Steven Soderbergh nabbed an award for his HBO Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, while Jehane Noujaim was honored for her doc The Square. On the TV series front, Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan won honors for directing the series finale of the AMC hit, and Beth McCarthy-Miller took the first award of the night for her work on 30 Rock. Photos: 6 Top Directors on Rookie Mistakes, Studio Notes and Biggest Frustrations The ceremony, hosted by Jane Lynch, took
- THR Staff
Tonight, the Directors Guild of America unveiled their choices for outstanding directorial achievement in 2013, and as expected, Alfonso Cuarón took home their top prize for his brilliant work on Gravity, making him the most likely winner of the Best Director Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards.
The question now becomes: Will this be enough to tip Best Picture in Gravity‘s favor? After all, how could you give a film so many Oscars (including Best Director and Best Film Editing) and Not give it Best Picture? Granted, it’s happened before, but rarely to a film receiving this many awards. If the Academy should pass the film over for the top honor, it would become the most honored film not to win the big prize since Cabaret (1972), which won eight Oscars (including Best Director and Best Film Editing) before losing Best Picture to The Godfather.
You also have to »
- Jeff Beck
“This is truly an honor and I’m humbled by it,” Cuaron said in his acceptance speech. “I still have this teen crush on other directors.”
Cuaron, who spent five years developing “Gravity,” noted that photos from space show that the Earth is “absolutely beautiful” but do not depict the human experience.
“It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience,” he noted. “And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.”
The winner was announced by last year’s winner Ben Affleck at the conclusion of the 66th DGA Awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza Hotel, »
- Dave McNary
Updated: Gravity does not seem to be falling on the awards circuit. Alfonso Cuarón walked away with the top honor at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles, beating out Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, Paul Greengrass, and Steve McQueen.
“This is truly an honor and I am humbled by it,” Cuarón said to the audience of his peers after last year’s winner Ben Affleck presented him with the award. But Gravity was not the work of just one mind, and no one knows that more keenly than Cuarón. “Directing is about the work of your collaborators, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Television is much kinder to women. The opportunities are greater, the stories richer, riskier, and more varied. TV isn't a haven for women by any means, but they do get more chances to prove themselves and their talents. That situation is pretty apparent from looking at the list of nominees for the Directors Guild of America's TV awards. Women directors are represented in every category for fiction shows. Beth McCarthy Miller is a nominee in two -- Comedy Series (30 Rock) and Movies for Television and Mini-Series (The Sound of Music Live!). The only scripted categories not to recognize a woman director are Variety/Talk/News/Sports and Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Special. The former is dominated by late-night talk shows and SNL -- and both those have unacknowledged problems with sexism. (Late-night shows remain a realm of white men; SNL has gotten a lot better about women over the years, »
- Inkoo Kang
The Voice returned tonight, and it did it in a very impressive manner indeed. New coaches Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson were great additions to the panel, but obviously they would mean nothing - nothing - without some talent. Luckily, there was heaps of it.
Six artists made it through to the second round after tonight's blind auditions, but who were our favourites? Well, to be honest, we liked every one of them, so the ranking was tougher than expected - but we soldiered on.
Obviously we couldn't include those who didn't make it through, so it is with a heavy heart that we report Nessa impersonator Tara Lewis is not in the list (neither, for that matter, is Danielle's show-stealing daughter Anaia.) But below we present to you our ranking of the auditionees - let us know if you agree by posting in the comments box below!
1. Anna McLuckie »
Now that Breaking Bad is over, Bryan Cranston can pursue his side career full-time. The actor picked up two Directors Guild television nominations on Thursday: one for directing an episode of Bb, and one for Modern Family.
Winners will be announced at the DGA Awards dinner on Feb. 25. Check out all the film nominees here, and the full list of TV nominees below:
Movies For Television And Mini-series
- EW staff
The winners will be announced Jan. 25 at the Century Plaza following voting by the DGA’s 15,000 members.
The two nominations for Cranston were his second and third following his DGA nod last year for a “Modern Family” segment last year.
“Breaking Bad” scored a second nomination with series creator Vince Gilligan receiving a nod. They will face competition from David Fincher, receiving his sixth DGA nomination for directing “Chapter 1″ of “House of Cards,” Lesli Linka Glatter for “Homeland” and David Nutter for “Game of Thrones.”
“Modern Family” received a pair of comedy series noms for Cranston and Gail Macuso. “The Big Bang Theory” also took two nominations for Mark Cendrowki and Anthony Rich. Beth McCarthy-Miller took the other nomination for a segment »
- Dave McNary
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