Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Oscar Race Sharpens as “Shape of Water” Director Guillermo del Toro Wins DGA Along with Jordan Peele


The DGA has spoken. Guillermo del Toro has won Best Director for “The Shape of Water.” An Oscar precursor, the Directors Guild Award means del Toro should receive the Academy Award next month.

But will “Shape” win Best Picture? Not necessarily.

The last few years has seen a split between Best Picture and Best Director. I think that “Three Billboards” will win Best Picture, as well as Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) as well as original screenplay for writer director Martin McDonagh.

Last night Jordan Peele won Best Director for a First Feature for “Get Out,” which is quite an accomplishment.

Other winners included
Dramatic Series — REED MORANO for The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred”
Comedy Series– BETH McCARTHY-MILLERVeep, “Chicklet”
Mini Series or Made for TV movie–JEAN-MARC VALLÉE Big Little Lies
Documentary– MATTHEW HEINEMAN City of Ghosts
Variety series– DON ROY KING — Saturday Night Live, “Host: Jimmy Fallon”
Variety Special — GLENN WEISS The 89th Annual Academy Awards

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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