Going in to last night’s Directors Guild Awards the smart money was on David Fincher’s The Social Network to walk off the award for Feature Film direction. But the smart money lost as in a surprise move the award instead went to Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech.
Charles Ferguson took home the award for Documentary Feature for his look at the root causes of the 2008 financial crisis Inside Job.
The King’s Speech‘s win at the Directors Guild positions it as the frontrunner of the Academy Award’s Best Director. Except for six instances, every winner of the DGA award in the 63 years of the Guild has gone on to win the Oscar. The most recent exception to this was in 2002 when Rob Marshall won the DGA for Chicago while Roman Polanski won the Academy Award for The Pianist. Vote in your office Oscar pool accordingly.