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"Slumdog" Wins DGA, "Panda" Wins Annie

By Garth Franklin Sunday February 1st 2009 12:11PM

"Slumdog Millionaire" has now cemented itself as the firm favorite to take the Best Film Oscar this year as the Directors Guild of America awarded the film's helmer Danny Boyle the top prize on Saturday night.

Over the last fifty years, the DGA winner and Best Picture Oscar winner have matched up forty times, more in-line than even the Oscars own Best Director category. This year Boyle beat out David Fincher for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", Christopher Nolan for "The Dark Knight", Ron Howard for "Frost/Nixon" and Gus Van Sant for "Milk".

In a much bigger surprise, the 36th Annual Annie Awards completely snubbed Pixar's "Wall-E" according to The LA Times. The organisation awarded DreamWorks Animation’s "Kung Fu Panda" wins in ten cateogries, beating out "Wall-E" in every award they competed in including Best Animated Feature.

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