Taking another step towards a potential Academy Awards win, The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius took the the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards last night winning their Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Hazanavicius beat out nominees were Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, David Fincher and Alexander Payne for the award.
As a barometer for who will win an Oscar, a DGA winner has only not gone on to win the Academy Award six times, most recently in 2002 when Roman Polanski (The Pianist) beat out DGA honoree Rob Marshall (Chicago). Perhaps something to remember while filling out your Academy Award office pool.
The DGA’s award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary went to James Marsh for Project Nim.