The 2019 Directors Guild of America Awards went to plan on Saturday, at least for the top prize. Alfonso Cuaron was indeed your winner for the year’s outstanding directorial achievement for his work on Roma. It now seems like he’s a lock to win the BAFTA and the Oscar as well. Whether that love will also go some of Roma’s other above-the-line nominations, like Picture, Original Screenplay, and acting races, though, is yet to be seen.
There are also two other film directorial prizes handed out at the DGAs: first-time director and documentary directing. Both of these races, though, were upsets. Bo Burnham won the first-time director prize for his indie favorite Eighth Grade. The likelier winner, though, was Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born. Well, this seems to be the final nail in the coffin for that film. It went 0/4 at SAG, lost the Producers Guild Award, underperformed at both the Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards, and now it’s gone 0/2 at DGA. It’s not looking good for the film, and it may go 0/7 at BAFTA as well.
The documentary prize for outstanding direction went to Three Identical Strangers, a film that missed at the Oscars. The favorite to win was another Oscar snubbed film, Won’t You be My Neighbor?, so now both DGA and PGA have been no help with who’s gonna win the category with both films missing from the Oscar lineup. The odds favor the box office hit Free Solo.
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