Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron just became the frontrunner for the Best Director Oscar after winning the feature film directing award at the Directors Guild Awards on Saturday night.
Cuaron, the Mexican director whose previous films include Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was recognized for directing the space thriller. The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and mixes amazing special effects with an Oscar-nominated performance from Bullock. It was nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.
The other nominees were Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street); Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave); David O. Russell (American Hustle); and Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips). Greengrass is the only director who did not receive an Oscar nomination, since the Academy nominated Alexander Payne (Nebraska) instead.
The Directors Guild has been good at predicting the Best Director award, since Ang Lee won both the DGA and the Oscar for Life of Pi last year. It also boosts Gravity’s Best Picture chances.
The guild also honored the work of television directors. Steven Soderbergh won for his work on HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, while Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad team won the dramatic series category for the “Felina” episode. Beth McCarthy-Miller won the comedy series award for 30 Rock’s “Hogcock!/Last Lunch” episode.
Soderbergh also won the special Robert B. Aldrich Service Award.
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