The Directors Guild of America issued their 64th annual Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards last night and the top prize went to French auteur Michel Hazanavicius, who took home the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award for "The Artist."
The win is just the latest accolade for Hazanavicius and "The Artist," which previously took home the top honors at the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice Awards and the Producers Guild of America Awards. And it's also a key step towards winning the coveted Best Picture award at the Oscars, as the winner of the DGAs has gone on to take the Oscar as well in 57 of the last 63 years.
"Project Nim," on the other hand, won't be receiving an Oscar bump despite the fact that the documentary from director James Marsh about a chimp who was raised as a human in an ill-fated 70's experiment won the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. That's because "Project Nim" wasn't even nominated for an Oscar, just the latest head-scratcher from the notoriously obtuse cabal that handles the Academy's documentary categories.
Last year's DGA winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary, "The Cove," also failed to earn an Oscar nomination.
Recognizing excellence in directing, the Directors Guild of America Awards have been given out annually since 1948. A full list of winners, including the television and commercial categories, can be found on the official DGA website.