This weekend everyone is a winner! So many awards. And SAG continues the trend tonight (we'll be live blogging right here). Can clapping for 30 days straight give you carpal tunnel?
Let's start with the biggie, the DGA Awards. Last year's winner Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) passed the baton, in the shape of that golden eagle plaque, to this year's winner Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist). Tom Hooper got ambitious post awards flurry as is busy on Les Miserable. Hazanavicius will chase The Artist with another film inspired by Old Hollywood. He's going to remake The Search (1948) which The Film Experience readers will know as Montgomery Clift's debut. (All we can say is good luck finding another Monty. That's an irreplaceable star in Hollywood's firmament.) Given that The Search is a post World War II drama about an American soldier and a child who survived Auschwitz, maybe Hazanavicius won't be a one hit wonder with AMPAS. Time will tell.
One of the best things about the more specific awards night like the DGA is that there is time to honor the nomineees as well, so even if you don't win, the night is still about you. Each director takes the stage to receive their plaque. Kathy Bates accepted in person for Woody Allen who never shows up at this sort of thing although he did speak via satellite this time.
- Director, Feature Film: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
- Director, Documentary: James Marsh, Project Nim (which was recently shut out of the Oscar nominations in its category)
- Director, MiniSeries: John Cassar, The Kennedys
- Director, Drama Series: Patty Jenkins, The Killing "Pilot"
- Director, Comedy Series: Robert B Weide, Curb Your Enthusiasm "Palestinian Chicken" (wow. people are still excited about this show? Who knew?)
- Director, Variety: Glenn Weiss, the 64th Annual Tony Awards
- Director, Reality Show: Neil P Degroot, Biggest Loser
- Director, Commercial: Noam Murro (Biscuit Filmworks)
- Director, Daytime Television: William Luel, General Hospital "Intervention"
- Director, Children's Television: Amy Schatz, A Child's Garden of Poetry
Does this mean Hazanavicius has the Oscar sewn up?
Not necessarily... More after the jump including stats and photos.