Last Saturday night Michel Hazanavicius won top award at the Directors Guild of America; to check winners in all categories go here. Winner is in *BLUE.
Not always the director that wins the DGA wins the Oscar, but the win-win ratio is still very high and there are strong possibilities that Scorsese will not win (yay!) and definitively Hazanavicius has increased its chances to win.
A few minutes ago the guild announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011.
Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
David Fincher for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
*Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
Martin Scorsese for Hugo
To check the official announcement go here. On January 12 the guild will announce the documentary nominees and will modify post to include documentaries. Award ceremony will be on Saturday, January 28.
As we know the DGA winner has traditionally been one of the industry’s most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award; only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the DGA winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award. I'm not yet sure but I think the winner will be Martin Scorsese and probably Oscar nods will be the same except for one that will be substituted for Terrence Malick.