“Lion,” “La La Land” Win DGA & ASC Awards

Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Garth Davis’ “Lion” were the big winners over the weekend at the director’s and cinematographers guild awards.

Chazelle beat out “Arrival,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight” for the top honor, putting him in a very strong position to take the Best Director Oscar – all but seven of all DGA winners since 1948 have gone on to Oscar glory.

Garth Davis meanwhile took the first-time feature director award for “Lion,” beating out the helmers of “Deadpool,” “Edge of Seventeen,” “10 Cloverfield Lane” and “The Birth of a Nation”.

On the TV front it was Miguel Sapochnik for ‘The Battle of the Bastards’ episode of “Game of Thrones” and Becky Martin for the ‘Inauguration’ episode of “Veep” that won honors in drama and comedy. Steven Zaillian won for “The Night Of” in telemovie/mini-series, and Ezra Edelman won for “O.J.: Made in America” for documentary feature.

Over at the other awards, cinematographer Greig Fraser’s work on “Lion” beat out the likes of “Moonlight,” “Silence,” “La La Land” and “Arrival” for the top award at the American Society of Cinematographers’ 31st annual Outstanding Achievement Awards.

All five of the nominees are also those nominated in the ‘Best Cinematography’ category at the Oscars. The three other ASC awards went to “House of Others” for the Spotlight category, and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “The Night Of” in TV categories.