Just a quick awards season update as the Directors' Guild Awards (DGAs) were handed out yesterday (Saturday 4th February). The film winners are:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Films: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director: Garth Davis (Lion)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries: Steven Zaillian (The Night Of: The Beach)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Ezra Edelman (O.J.: Made In America)
I have to say, it's no surprise to see Damien Chazelle win. La La Land is a technically impressive piece of film-making and he truly deserves this award. I feel certain he'll win the Best Director Oscar as well (the DGA awards are usually a good bellwether). O.J.: Made In America is also nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar (clocking in at an impressive 7hrs 47mins, to date the longest film to be nominated for any competitive Oscar), so that bodes well for that.
The next award season update will be next Sunday (12th February) when the BAFTA Film Awards will be handed out.