Tom Hooper Wins Directors Guild Award 2011

Hooper accepting DGA Award. Image courtesy of THR.

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]

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  • Jose

    Social Network is screwed.

  • I knew it, I knew it, I knew it. And I’m not very happy about it.

  • Am I the only one that thinks The King’s Speech should win Best Picture?

  • julian

    Yes, brandon, you and the majority of the 6,000 retards in the academy. Jesus, what a travesty. A low point, actually. Like Dances with wolves winning over Goodfellas. That bad.

  • @Brandon – The King’s Speech isn’t my favorite movie of the year, but I love it and if it won I would be very happy. With The Social Network, its gotten to the point where, even though I love it, I’ve stopped rooting for it. The same thing happened to me last year with The Hurt Locker.

  • yan

    what a joke, really over nolan, arronfsky, and fincher

  • Jose

    Brandon, you’re not the only one, at message boards and discussion threads I’ve read thousands of comments of people saying how Speech is the better film and should win over Network, I’m not one of those though.

    Personally I’d be OK if Network takes home director and Speech takes home picture at the Oscars though.

  • To me, it boils down to which film really feels dominant. I am not a huge fan of ‘The Hurt Locker,’ but I respect that it was Hurt Locker’s year last year. I like Slumdog Millionaire but felt it was overrated. But again, it had taken over in a way that made it feel like the film of the year.

    No matter how many awards The King’s Speech may win, and even to those of you that prefer it to Fincher’s film, it still doesn’t feel right. 2010 is Social Network’s year. Period. And I think in a few years (assuming King’s Speech wins) it will be considered an odd choice.

    But this is all just based on my distant sense of the industry. It is impossible to perceive how a film will find its place in history and as you all know I have my bias’s in this issue…

    On an unrelated note: I wonder how this affects True Grit…

  • @julian First off I agree that Goodfellas is much better than Dances with Wolves, but I like both of them. In fact Goodfellas ranks up in my top 10.

    My favorite films of the year are Kids Are Alright, King’s Speech, and Social Network. I would be okay with any one of them winning. I’m very interested in history so that’s probably the main reason why I like The King’s Speech so much, but the film does more than that. It has the best performance of the year (Firth), amazing photography and art direction, and a brilliant screenplay that’s serious, funny, and in the end heartwarming. It also has excellent direction to top it all off.

    When I went to go see it I was worried that it would just be Oscar bait. It was Oscar bait, but the bait was delicious.

  • Enough with the hyperbole over ‘The Social Network’. Yes it is a good film, but not so much so that no other film deserves to even be considered. I agree with Davin’s perspective that ‘The Social Network’ feels like the film of the year, but after the precursors it’s starting to feel more like it’s just the CRITIC’s film of the year.

    It should also be noted that rarely is the film that wins Best Picture the actual best film of the year. The last time I can remember my favorite film winning Best Picture was ‘The Departed’. As much as I love them, the Oscars are often about disappointment.

  • Daniel Crooke

    Brandon, if you’re interested in history then you should think about what The King’s Speech’s place will be in it if it wins Best Picture. Mark my words – will fall right into the basket of worst picks ever, accompanying The Greatest Show on Earth, How Green Was My Valley, Around the World in 80 Days, etc. The King’s Speech is a good, very respectable movie with great performances, but its legacy will be trashed if it becomes The Movie That Beat The Social Network.

  • Well, it can only go so far. Rocky has its fans despite the fact that it won over Network, so I don’t think the film will be trashed in years to come.

    But Alex, I understand your annoyance at the overpraising of the film. But it was more than just the critic’s film. It had the box-office, the controversies around it, and most importantly, the general way people talk about the film. The last four years they have chosen ‘the film’ so to speak (from my uninformed perspective). But they don’t do it every year.

    As far as the acedmy picking my favorite film… 1991 is the most recent year.

  • @Daniel If The King’s Speech does go down in history as the one that didn’t deserve the award then I will stand by it and tell those people how I think that Slumdog Millionaire is the most ovverated movie of the decade. Diffrent opinions is what makes blogging like this fun (unfortunately unique opinions are usually absent in the academy). Davin is right about how there will still be a group of people years later who will like The King’s Speech and I’ll be one of them. And by the way I thought that Network, Taxi Driver, and All the President’s Men were all much better than Rocky.

    I’m getting really tired of people saying that certain movies feel like the “film of the year.” It causes people to think less about how the movie is good.

  • Daniel Crooke

    Brandon – I’m just glad we agree about Slumdog Millionaire. (:

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