Alfonso Cuaron. What a marvel. The 52-year-old Mexican master became the first Hispanic filmmaker to win the Director’s Guild of America for Gravity. In a career that has included Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2003) and Children of Men (2006), Gravity was Cuaron’s most ambitious film to date and is one of the greatest technical feats seen in cinema.
Cuaron beat out Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) – incredibly, his ninth nomination – David O. Russell (American Hustle) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) for the coveted DGA prize.
With Russell’s film winning the top award at the SAG, and with Gravity and 12 Years A Slave tying at the PGA, this year’s Oscar race is very open indeed. Will the AMPAS also award Cuaron? It looks likely. But will they also award his film? If we are to take note of the history of the DGA, and how often the awarded film goes on to win Best Picture (Argo is one example), Gravity looks to have the edge with this win.
I’m sticking with it.
Here are some of the winners (film/television) at the DGA:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film – Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary – Jehane Noujaim, The Square
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series – Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series – Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series – Beth McCarthy-Miller, 30 Rock
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