Sunday, April 21, 2024

Directors Guild: Women Rule with 4 Main Prizes, “Birdman” Director On Oscar Track


Four women scored big time last night at the Directors Guild Awards. They scooped up prizes for Best Documentary, Best Directed TV Drama and Comedy, and Mini-Series. That would be Laura Poitras for “CitizenFour,” Lisa Cholodenko for “Olive Kitteridge,” Jill Soloway for “Transparent,” and Leslie Linka Glatter for “Homeland.”

Of course, the big news was Alejandro Innaritu’s win for Best Feature Film for “Birdman.” This puts Innaritu on track for the Oscar two weeks from tonight. Richard Linklater’s chances for directing “Boyhood” may have been quashed, sadly. But “Boyhood” could still win Best Picture if Academy voters decide to rally around the extraordinary film.

Other DGA winners include Glenn Weiss, for the Tony Awards on CBS; David Diomedi, for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; and Anthony B. Sacco for reality show; Nicolai Fuglsig for commercials, and Jonathan Judge for children’s programs.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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