Alejandro González Iñárritu & 'Birdman' Take the 2015 DGA Award
by Ethan Anderton
February 8, 2015
After winning the PGA Award and also the SAG Award for ensemble cast, it looks like director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his impressive film Birdman are continuing the march toward the Academy Awards with quite the lead over the rest of the pack. Last night, the 67th DGA Awards were held in Los Angeles and Iñárritu won the top prize in feature filmmaking. In addition, on the documentary side, Laura Poitras won for her film Citizenfour, which everyone simply must see. And while we don't cover TV movies/miniseries extensively, it was nice to see Lisa Cholodenko win for HBO's Olive Kitteridge.
The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2015 were announced on Saturday, February 7th, during the 67th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. You can check out the full list of last night's winners, which also includes other honors for directing for television series and commercials, at the official DGA website right here.
Alejandro González Iñárritu and Birdman beat out Clint Eastwood for American Sniper, Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Richard Linklater for Boyhood, and Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game. This absolutely makes Birdman the frontrunner for the Oscars now, and the chances that Richard Linklater and Boyhood had at the trophies seem to be dwindling. But of course, this could be one of those years where The Academy splits on their awards for Best Director and Best Picture. We'll just have to wait and see what happens when the 87th Academy Awards air on Sunday, February 22nd, live on ABC.