Directors Guild Award Goes To Oscar Frontrunner Guillermo Del Toro (AWARDS 2017)


The DGA is following the 2017 Awards Season script.

As expected, the Directors Guild of America presented their 70th award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film to Guillermo del Toro for his Cold War period fantasy fable The Shape of Water.

This follows del Toro wins at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, as well as a victory at the Producers Guild Awards. The Academy could start etching his name on the Oscar right now.

With the win, del Toro also becomes the third of the “Three Amigos” Mexican directors to receive the DGA’s top honor. Alfonso Cuarón won previously for 2013’s Gravity and Alejandro González Iñárritu won two years in a row for 2014’s Birdman and 2015’s The Revenant.

Here are the winners (in the three film categories) for the 70th Annual DGA Awards. They were presented at a gala dinner on Saturday February 3, 2018.

Directors Guild of America
2017 Winners

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Winner: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a First-Time Feature Film Director
Jordan Peele, Get Out

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
City of Ghosts, dir. Matthew Heineman

  • The Vietnam War, dir. Ken Burns & Lynn Novick
  • Icarus, dir. Bryan Fogel
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, dir. Steve James
  • Wormwood, dir. Errol Morris

Honorary Life Member Award
Michael Apted

Frank Capra Achievement Award (for a career in Assistant Directing)
Dwight Williams

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award (for a career in Associate Direction / Stage Management)
Jim Tanker

Click here to see all winners, including those in television categories.

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:

90th Annual Academy Award nominees
Writers Guild of America winners
Screen Actors Guild winners
Producers Guild of America winners
Critics Choice Awards winners
Golden Globe Winners
National Society of Film Critics
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
San Diego Film Critics Society
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Toronto Film Critics Association
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

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