The Director's Guild Of America announced its award winners last night with Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron taking the top prize for "Gravity".
Cuaron beat out the likes of Martin Scorsese for "The Wolf Of Wall Street," David O. Russell for "American Hustle," Steve McQueen for "12 Years A Slave" and Paul Greengrass for "Captain Phillips".
Despite the discrepancy last year over "Argo," the DGA winner is usually seen as the strongest indicator for the likely winner in the Best Director category at the Oscars.
Jehane Noujaim took the prize for best director of a documentary with "The Square", while Steven Soderbergh won an award for his telemovie "Behind the Candelabra". Beth McCarthy-Miller and Vince Gilligan took the directing awards for comedy series ("30 Rock") and drama series ("Breaking Bad") respectively.