Tom Hooper of 'The King's Speech' Wins 2010 Directors Guild Award
This is not a "shocker" and it is not an "upset." It was announced last night that Tom Hooper, director of The King's Speech, won the 2010 Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Just because critical & fan favorite David Fincher, who directed Aaron Sorkin's brilliant (and probably Oscar winning script) for The Social Network, didn't win, doesn't mean it's a travesty. Both films, in fact all of the directors nominated this year, were deserving of the award and I love all of them and their films, I truly do. But it just might be The King's Speech's year, as I predicted the moment I walked out of it.
The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced tonight during the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner held at the Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles. Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 DGA guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony. In addition to Hooper, filmmaker Charles Ferguson and his economic recession doc Inside Job won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. You can see the full list of DGA winners (for television and commercials, too) on DGA.org.
The other nominees in the feature film category included: Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan, David Fincher for The Social Network, Christopher Nolan for Inception and David O. Russell for The Fighter. The other nominees in the documentary category included: Lixin Fan for Last Train Home, Alex Gibney for Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Davis Guggenheim for Waiting for Superman and Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger for Restrepo. Some say the DGA's are a prediction of what's to come at the Oscars, but you never know. I'm satisfied with the two winners, I loved both Inside Job and The King's Speech, and they're both deserving. Last year, Kathryn Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker, and Louie Psihoyos won for The Cove.