The movie industry guild awards continue to prove that they act independently from the critics groups as the Directors Guild of America gave their top prize to Tom Hooper, director of The King’s Speech, last night. There have been only six occasions in the DGA’s history when their winner has not gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director. This win means huge things for the prospects of The King’s Speech, which has already been emerging as a frontrunner with 12 nominations announced last week.
The DGA also gave their prize for Best Directing in a Documentary Feature to Charles Ferguson for his inside Wall Street documentary Inside Job. This announcement is exciting for Ferguson, but less of an Oscar indicator than the DGA’s best feature award. Last year Louie Psihoyos took the prize for his film The Cove and his film went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary, but that was the only time that has ever happened in the 20 years the award has been in existence. Inside Job may be the Oscar frontrunner, but it is not because of the Directors Guild Award.
Last night’s announcement continues to push the Awards momentum towards The King’s Speech‘s favor in an Oscar race that continues to get more exciting. After weeks of The Social Network sweeping every award handed out by the critics, the guilds are starting to perpetuate a similar sweep, except this time it’s in another film’s favor. The King’s Speech has already taken home the Producers Guild Award and stands poised to earn its star, Colin Firth, a Screen Actors Guild Award later today. The DGA award announcement, along with the 12 nominations it received from the Oscars earlier this week seem to bring it back to the forefront of the Best Picture race.
Tonight the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced live on television. Stay tuned for coverage and predictions of that prestigious event.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]