We are over halfway through the awards season this year- four major ceremonies still to take place (BAFTA Film Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, the Razzies, and the Academy Awards)- but there have recently been more Guild awards handed out.
DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS (DGA)
The DGAs were handed out on 25th January. The film winners are:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Jehane Noujaim (The Square)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television: Steven Soderbergh (Behind The Candelabra)
With the DGA win, it would be a big surprise if anyone other than Cuaron gets named Best Director at the Oscars. He's consistently won the Director prizes throughout the awards season and, for the technical achievements in the film, he would be a worthy winner.
The Square is nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars so this bodes well for a win there.
WRITERS GUILD AWARDS (WGA)
The WGA were given out yesterday (1st February). The film winners are:
Original Screenplay: Her
Adapted Screenplay: Captain Phillips
Documentary Screenplay: Stories We Tell
Both Her and Captain Phillips are nominated in their respective categories for the Oscars but there are strong alternatives in both categories (American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska in Original Screenplay and Before Midnight, 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf Of Wall Street and Philomena in Adapted Screenplay). However, this does give them both a boost.
There is no category for Documentary screenwriting in the Oscars, but Stories We Tell was not nominated for Best Documentary Feature (neither was We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks, which won the Producers Guild Award). Just goes to show that documentary film-making is a broad and vibrant field, which is a good thing.
The next major awards to be handed out are the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday February 10th.
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