Hurt Locker Locks Up Dga Award
Kathryn Bigelow on Saturday became the first female director ever to win the Directors Guild of America's top award, as her The Hurt Locker suddenly became the front-runner for Oscar's best film and best director award. A week earlier, she won the Producers Guild of America trophy. The Iraq War movie had previously received numerous awards from critics groups and industry unions, but the DGA award is regarded as one of the surest Oscar bellwethers; only six times in the last 62 years has the DGA award winner not gone on to win the Oscar award for best director. (73 percent of films that received a best director Oscar have also been chosen as best film.) Other nominees competing against Bigelow included James Cameron (Bigelow's ex-husband) for Avatar, Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds, Jason Reitman for Up in the Air , and Lee Daniels for Precious. Louie Psihoyos was the winner of the best documentary award for his controversial film The Cove, a secretly filmed movie about a Japanese village's annual dolphin hunt.