Danny Boyle Wins the 2009 Directors Guild Award
by Alex Billington
February 1, 2009
Slumdog Millionaire and Danny Boyle triumphed yet again at the Directors Guild of America Awards held last night in Beverly Hills. Boyle won the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2008 over his fellow nominees which included Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight, David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon and Gus Van Sant for Milk. Ari Folman also won the documentary award for Waltz with Bashir. With this win, it's pretty much certain that Slumdog Millionaire is going to take both the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars on February 22nd.
"If I can get here, you can get here," Boyle said after receiving his award. "Dream hard." Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has this winner not gone on to win the corresponding Oscar. Back when the ballots were being given to Academy members, I starting hearing early buzz in favor of Slumdog Millionaire, but at the time I wasn't sure if it could win. Now I'm pretty damn sure. I have an enormous amount of respect for all of the other Best Director nominees both here and in the Oscars, but I'm fairly certain Slumdog Millionaire and Danny Boyle will win yet again. Congrats to Boyle on yet another win!