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Bigelow Wins DGA, Highly Likely To Get Oscar As Well

Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) picked up her award from the Director’s Guild of America today, and this spells success come Oscars. Only six times in the past 61 selections has the winner of the DGA for Feature Film not won the Academy Award for Best Director as well. That is a 90% success rate. Additionally, contrary to what famous film critic Roger Ebert tweeted and The Playlist cited (don’t worry, I let both of them know), the DGA has failed to predict the winner of the Best Picture a mere 13 of 61 selections. That is better than 78%!

Also of note is that she is the first woman to ever win the award. If she wins either of the Best Picture or Best Director awards comes Oscar time, she will also make firsts there as well. Ebert actually had this to say about the win:

“Hard to recall a more popular DGA winner than Kathryn Bigelow. James Cameron was really happy, and not just pretending.”

Either way, it is a great victory for a film that I can’t help but root for, even with some unflattering opinions of it floating around. It sits at the top of my favorite films of the past year. For the record, Up In The Air, UP, and Fantastic Mr. Fox round out my top four, in that order.

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February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breakin' News | , , | Leave a comment