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Alfonso Cuaron claims top Directors Guild of America award for Gravity


Story by Jack Foley

ALFONSO Cuaron has picked up the top film honour from the Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) for his space drama Gravity.

The win means that the director has edged ahead in the race for the best director Oscar given that only seven times in the DGA’s 65-year history has the winner not gone on to claim the Academy Award.

Accepting the award, Cuaron thanked his son and Gravity co-writer Jonas Cuaron, and said: “What you cannot see from up there (in space) is this bizarre experiment of nature that is the human experience.

“That experiment is what directors try to sort out with our films. Thankfully, that experience is as diverse as the films as these film-makers make.”

Cuaron’s film beat competition from a particularly strong field this year, including 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Other DGA winners included Jehane Noujaim, who won the documentary prize for The Square, about the Egyptian uprising that began in 2011.

And Steven Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra, which followed up its Golden Globes success by winning the best TV movie or mini-series.

Soderbergh, who was once a first vice-president of the Directors’ Guild, was also recognised with the Robert B Aldrich Award for his services to the organisation.

He commented: “Sometimes you feel empty, and you’re just overwhelmed and you look and see how willing your team is to carry you forward, and you get an extra burst of energy, and you keep going.”

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan won his first DGA award for the series finale of the hit drama.

The awards took place in Los Angeles on Saturday night (January 25, 2014) and were hosted by Glee actress Jane Lynch, who became the first woman to present the ceremony.

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