The Director’s Guild of America has announced the winners of the 64th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards. Unsurprisingly, Michel Hazanavicius and his team won for The Artist, which has been systematically sweeping the pools in every major ceremony that hands out some kind of statue.
Project Nim‘s director James Marsh also won a prize for best documentary, for his examination of the chimp that was taught basic sign language. This is incredibly pleasing to see, as it was a film that got completely snubbed by the Academy at the Oscars.
So what does this mean in the lead-up to the Oscars? Only 6 times in the history of the DGA has the winner of the top award not taken out the corresponding Academy Award. Similarly, there have only bee three films in Oscar history that have won Best Picture without also winning the Best Director category. Following this logic, the odds are now for The Artist to take the best director category at the 84th Academy Awards, which should mean it will also take out Best Picture.