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62nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards Winners

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.

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DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2009

The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2009.  This year’s five nominees are Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), James Cameron (Avatar), Lee Daniels (Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Saphire), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds). Head on over the jump to read the statement by Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford.

The winner will be named at the DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2010.

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Nominations for the 2010 PGA Awards + National Society of Film Critics Names The Hurt Locker Best of 2009

The Producers Guild of America has announced the 10 films nominated for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.  The 10 films are: Avatar, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Invictus, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, Star Trek, Up and Up in the Air.

Meanwhile after voting this weekend, the National Society of Film Critics awarded The Hurt Locker with Best Picture. The film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, was also awarded Best Director.  Head on over the jump to see the PGA press release, and the rest of the National Society of Film Critics winners.

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