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4 items from 2009

"Slumdog's" Danny Boyle Honored at the Directors Guild of America Awards

1 February 2009 9:19 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Okay y'all, it's now a sure bet! "Slumdog Millionaire's" Danny Boyle will win the Academy Awards for Best Director! Why? Because his comrades, the Directors Guild of America bestowed him as the best of the best of 2008!

Boyle was chosen over David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon"), Christopher Nolan (Yeah, the DGA nominated him for "The Dark Knight"), and Gus Van Sant ("Milk").

The best part for me? My hero, my inspiration, my own personal icon, Roger Ebert was given the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of outstanding creative achievement. Congratulations Mister Roger!!!!

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Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film

Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures)

Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar

First Assistant Director: Raj Acharya

Second Assistant Director: Avani Batra

Second Second Assistant Director: Sonia Nemawarkar »

- Manny

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Danny Boyle nabs top DGA Award

1 February 2009 8:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Little Movie That Could can do no wrong. Danny Boyle was handed the DGA Award for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film for "Slumdog Millionaire."

Boyle walked away with the honor Saturday night during the DGA's annual awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") and Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon"), who won the award in 1995 and 2001, also were nominated.

It was Boyle's first DGA nomination.

"If I can get here, you can get here," Boyle said from the podium, with the presenting Coen brothers behind him. "Dream hard."

It's been a miracle year for Boyle, the 52-year-old British director of "Shallow Grave," "Trainspotting," "A Life Less Ordinary," "The Beach," "28 Days Later...," "Millions" and "Sunshine." He's already been named the year's best director by several critics groups and took the top »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Another Notch Closer to Oscar? Danny Boyle wins DGA award

1 February 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The biggest question prior to the Oscars is: How much of an underdog can Slumdog Millionaire really be when it's winning major honors at the Globes, Producer's Guilds, and has ten Oscar noms to go along with it? Danny Boyle claimed the top prize which also includes Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar, First Assistant Director: Raj Acharya, Second Assistant Director: Avani Batra and Second Second Assistant Director: Sonia Nemawarkar. Sticking to the film categories, Ari Folman can overcome his Cannes win snub with yet added another win for Waltz with Bashir. Here is the complete list of winners below,    Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Movies For Television/Mini-SERIESJay Roach, Recount (HBO)Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson First Assistant Director: Michael Hausman First Assistant Director/Second Assistant Director: Peter Thorell Second Assistant Director: Tudor Jones Second Second Assistant Director: Rob Dickerson Jr. Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Dramatic Series NIGHTDan Attias, The Wire »

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DGA announces doc, TV, commercial noms

9 January 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Although Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir" did not make the shortlist of 15 films under consideration for the best documentary Oscar, it is among the nominees for the DGA's doc award, announced Friday.

"Waltz" will compete with Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I've Come From a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains," in which survivors of a 1972 Andes plane crash tell their story; Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco's "The Judge and the General," a look back at the investigation into the regime of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; Peter Gilbert & Stevie James' "At the Death House Door," an examination of the wrongful conviction of a Texas man executed for murder; and James Marsh's "Man on Wire," a study of tight-rope walker Philippe Petit.

All the nominees are first-time DGA nominees, with the exception of Gilbert (who won the DGA's doc award in 1998 for "Vietnam: Long Time Coming" and was »

- By Gregg Kilday

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