Tom Hooper has won the Directors Guild of America’s top award of outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film at the 63rd annual DGA Awards on Saturday night.
Combined with taking the top prize at the Producers Guild of America awards last weekend, and leading the field of the Academy Awards nominations with twelve, “The King’s Speech” has emerged as the favourite to take the Best Picture award at the Oscars next month.
Hooper himself certainly has become the front-runner to capture the Best Director Oscar as there has only been six occasions in the past six decades when the DGA winner failed to win the Oscar for best director. The last time a DGA winner didn’t nab the directing Oscar was Rob Marshall for “Chicago” back in 2002.
Also scoring a nod on the weekend was Charles Ferguson who won Best Director in the documentary category for “Inside Job.” Though illness prevented him from attending, Martin Scorsese took the TV drama series prize for his work on helming the pilot episode of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”.