Sunday, April 14, 2024

DGA Awards: “King’s Speech” Director Tom Hooper Wins!

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The Directors Guild of America has given its Best Director award to Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech.” It’s a total upset over David Fincher and “The Social Network.” Other awards were: for Best Documentary to Charles Ferguson for “Inside Job.” “Modern Family” won for Best comedy series. “Boardwalk Empire” and Martin Scorsese won Best TV drama. “Temple Grandin” got Best Mini Series or TV Movie with director Mick Jackson.

Hooper and “The King’s Speech” are now poised to take everything at the Academy Awards. Add this to their Producer’s Guild award. Yowza.

And this was quite a night anyway. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and spoofed himself with guest host Jesse Eisenberg, who plays him in “The Social Network.”

At Sundance, Drake Doremus’s “Like Crazy” won the jury prize for Best Dramatic film. “How to Die In Oregon” won Best Documentary.

Meantime, at the box office, 12 times nominated “The King’s Speech” is surging in ticket sales.

TheTony Awards (Glen Weiss) received DGA for Best Musical or Variety. “One Life to Live” wins Best Director for a soap (Larry Carpenter).

The DGA dinner was one of the longest of any awards show in history, it feels like. Almost six hours including cocktails. Yikes!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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