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AWARDS SEASON 2018 THE 70TH DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS
Guillermo Del Toro Is In The Driver's Seat For Oscar


Guillermo Del Toro.  His win tonight at the DGA Awards marks the fourth time a Mexican director has won in the last five years.

       

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Guillermo Del Toro took a major step toward the Best Director Oscar next month after winning the coveted Directors' Guild Of America Award for Best Feature Film Direction for "The Shape Of Water" at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

Mr. Del Toro's "Shape" was a labor of love and has been cemented as a frontrunner in almost all the major awards shows so far this season. 

The film, about an amphibious-like creature who a mute woman falls in love woman falls in love with, has garnered a lot of favorable buzz and acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  Last month "The Shape Of Water" received an Academy Award-leading 13 nominations.  The Fox Searchlight theatrical release now has strong momentum for what could be a special night on March 4 at the 90th Oscars.

Saturday night was also a success for Jordan Peele, whose direction of "Get Out" was awarded the Best First-Time Feature Film Direction DGA Award.  Mr. Peele's hugely popular and critically-hailed phenomenon horror-thriller captured the imagination of many, and the DGA assented, by rewarding Mr. Peele's debut feature direction.

Reed Morano won for dramatic television series directing the "Offred" episode of "Handmaid's Tale".  Ms. Morano scored a huge win. 

Other notable winners included Jean-Marc Vallee, who directed every episode of "Big Little Lies", and Matthew Heineman, for directing the documentary feature "City Of Ghosts".  Mr. Heineman's triumph was viewed by some as an upset in the category, with Lynn Novick and Ken Burns (their ten years of direction and compilation) for their "The Vietnam War" going home empty-handed.

Michael Apted, a previous DGA president, received a career achievement award from his peers.  Mr. Apted will begin shooting "63 Up" later this year, the latest in the series of documentaries he has been doing for over 50 years.



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