With her DGA award last night for Outstanding Direction of a Feature Film, The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow has become the first woman to win the award and now makes The Hurt Locker the favorite for this year’s Academy Awards. On the television front, Modern Family and Mad Men won their respective categories.
Looking back in history, only 6 times in the last 60 years has the DGA winner not gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture and in 58 of the last 60 years, the DGA winner has won the Oscar for Best Director. And in my opinion, that’s unfortunate.
I’m sorry, but I’m not one to think The Hurt Locker is deserving of all the praise. It was a good film sure, but at no time was I blown away by anything presented. I fear, but am still hopeful, that this will be yet another year at the Oscars where one of the lesser-deserving films (which I qualify as being one that has a large discrepancy between critical and fan reception–which The Hurt Locker fits perfectly) will go on to win. Head on over the jump for the complete list of winners in television and film.
Kathryn Bigelow wins DGA Feature Film Award for The Hurt Locker. Other winners of 2009 DGA Awards announced. (January 31, 2010)
LOS ANGELES, CA: The winners of the 2009 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards and the recipients of the Guild’s 2010 Career Achievement Awards were announced tonight during the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles . Kathryn Bigelow won the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Hurt Locker.
Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.
Presenters included (in show order): Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison (Glee), DGA Board Member Jesus Trevino, Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington (Avatar), Jodie Foster (The Beaver), DGA Board Member Donald Petrie, Carey Mulligan (An Education), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire), President and CEO of Disney Robert Iger, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Anna Kendrick and Jason Bateman (Up In The Air), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), DGA Secretary/Treasurer Gil Cates, Robert Zemeckis (A Christmas Carol), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Jane Alexander (Terminator Salvation), DGA President Taylor Hackford, and 2008 DGA Feature Film Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).
The DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as a near-perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only six times since the DGA Award’s inception in 1948 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director. (see list at the end of this release)
The winners of the 2009 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the recipients of the Guild’s 2010 Career Achievement Awards are:
Outstanding Direction of a Feature Film: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Outstanding Direction of a Feature Documentary: Louie Psihoyos, The Cove
Outstanding Direction of a Dramatic Series: Lesli Linka Glatter, Mad Men, “Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency”
Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series: Jason Winer, Modern Family, “Pilot”
Outstanding Direction of a Musical Variety Program: Don Mischner, “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration”
Outstanding Direction of a Reality Program: Craig Borders, Build It Bigger Season 3: “Hong Kong Bridge”
Outstanding Direction of a Daytime Serial: Christopher Goutman, As The World Turns, “Once Upon A Time”
Outstanding Direction of a Movie for Television: Michael Sucsy, Grey Gardens
Outstanding Direction in Commercials: Tom Kuntz – Eyebrows, Cadbury; Tailor, Skittles; Scents For Gents, Old Spice; Tips, Career Builder