"The Hurt Locker" beats "Avatar" at DGA ceremony

08:21, February 01, 2010      

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Kathryn Bigelow, ex-wife of blockbuster sci-fi saga "Avatar" director James Cameron walked off a close slugfest triumphantly against him as the winner of the Director Guild Award's (DGA) best director award, putting herself well on the way to the Oscar award ceremony in the same category.

The close victory has made Bigelow, who has been known as an energetic woman who made the Iraqi war-related story on a small budget, the first woman who has ever been awarded with the prestigious glory. Before her altogether six women directors have been nominated. None of them has survived.

As almost all but six DGA winners have ultimately won the Oscars in DGA's 74-year history, Bigelow is widely expected to continue with her winning streak, setting a new record as the first woman Oscar laureate. Her "Hurt Locker" took home the top prize at the Screen Actor Guild awards.

Cameron won the Golden Globe for best director. He was awarded the best director by DGA for his 1997 box-office blockbuster "Titanic."

The other contenders for best feature film were Lee Daniels, director of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," Jason Reitman for "Up in the Air," and Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds." Tarantino had been nominated for his 1994 film "Pulp Fiction."

Lesli Linka Glatter won for AMC's television series "Mad Men" in the drama category and Jason Winer for "Modern Family" in the comedy category.

During the ceremony, veteran Canadian actor\director\producer Norman Jewison was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Motion Picture Directing; film producer Cleve Landsberg with the Frank Capra Achievement Award; and famous stage manager Maria Jimenez Henley with the Franklin J.Schaffner Achievement Award.

Veteran camedian Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony. This is his 22nd appearance at the prominent event. Twenty-five Hollywood celebrities including DGA president Taylor Hackford, Disney's CEO Robert Iger and actor Brad Pitt also appeared as hosts.

Source: Xinhua
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