Alfonso Cuaron wins top DGA prize for Roma, a major indicator for Oscars
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Alfonso Cuaron wins top DGA prize for Roma, a major indicator for Oscars

Roma director Alfonso Cuaron won the top prize at the Directors Guild of America awards, considered a strong indicator for the Oscars.

hollywood Updated: Feb 03, 2019 16:20 IST
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Director Alfonso Cuaron poses with the Nomination Medallion for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Roma in the press room during the 71st Annual Directors Guild Of America (DGA) Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.(AFP)

Alfonso Cuaron was named best director by his peers on Saturday for his semi-autobiographical film Roma, cementing his front-runner status ahead of the Oscars in three weeks time.

In one of the last major Hollywood ceremonies before the February 24 Oscars, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awarded its top prize to the Mexican director for his critically-acclaimed black and white movie about a domestic worker in 1970s Mexico.

Roma has 10 Oscar nominations, including best director and best picture.

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) award is one of the top indicators of Oscar glory. All but seven of the DGA winners since 1948 have gone on to win the best director Oscar, and often the top prize of best picture.

The DGA ceremony proved another disappointing night for Bradley Cooper, the actor-turned director of musical romance A Star is Born.

This image released by Netflix shows Marina de Tavira, centre, in a scene from the film Roma, by filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron. (AP)

Cooper made his directorial debut with the movie, as well as acting in it, but on Saturday he lost both the DGA award for best feature film as well as the prize for first time feature film director. The first time director award went to Bo Burnham for young adult drama Eighth Grade.

A Star is Born has garnered multiple nominations, including eight Oscar nods, but neither Cooper nor lead actress Lady Gaga have secured major awards so far.

Hollywood's long awards season has often proved contradictory and inconsistent this year.

Best director Oscar nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards (L-R) Alfonso Cuaron, Pawel Pawlikowski, Adam McKay, Spike Lee and Yorgos Lanthimos. (REUTERS)

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG), many of whose voters are also members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, last month selected musical Bohemian Rhapsody for its top award. But Roma and British historical comedy The Favourite, which also has 10 Oscar nominations, were not among the SAG choices.

The Producers Guild, also a reliable bellwether of Oscar success, in January chose 1960s road trip movie Green Book as its top movie.

The Directors Guild also handed out prizes for television directing, with Adam McKay chosen for corporate family drama series Succession, Bill Hader for comedy series Barry," and Ben Stiller for limited TV series for Escape at Dannemora.

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First Published: Feb 03, 2019 16:19 IST