The Directors Guild of America handed out their annual awards last night with Alfonso Cuaron bringing home the Best Director prize for motion pictures.
I for one was a big fan of GRAVITY. What I am not is an Academy voter, but it seems like I don't have to be because history tells us that even the Academy can't screw this one up. With Cuaron's big DGA win, all signs point to him taking home the Best Director statuette at the Oscars. Case in point - in the 65-year existence of the DGA Awards, only 7 times has the winner of the Best Director Award at the DGA's not taken home the Oscar. So what I'm basically saying is for all you out there who participate in Oscar pools, picking the Best Director category theoretically should be a freebie for you. And I for one am not disappointed.
GRAVITY is an epic. The Academy Awards love to honour epics. The film broke grounds in SFX, and its sound design made the theatre going experience one of the best in 2013. I'll also go on record and say that I'm not the biggest fan of 3D, but GRAVITY did it right. The story was fat-free, and the performances, mainly that of Sandra Bullock, were convincing. Plus the film received some extra bonus points from me due to the fact that its running time was an appropriate 91 minutes. In this day in age that's nearly unheard-of.
So congratulations to Alfonso Cuaron on his big DGA win. And I'm almost certain we'll be saying congrats again the day after the Academy Awards are handed out, but then again stranger things have happened.
For the complete list of DGA winners click here.