The Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year will go to The Artist. It’s over. Call off the dogs. The little silent film that could will be crowned the winner at next month’s ceremony. After riding a pretty solid frontrunner status throughout the past two months, the film has now picked up two of the most important Oscar precursor awards: the Producers Guild Award and the Directors Guild Award. Michel Hazanavicius was given the Best Feature Film director award at last night’s DGA ceremony, besting the likes of Hugo’s Martin Scorsese and The Descendants’ Alexander Payne.
The writing has been on the wall for a while now, but with the PGA and DGA in hand, there’s virtually zero chance of anything upsetting The Artist for Best Picture. I’m not saying Hazanavicius isn’t deserving of the DGA, as his crafting of the silent pic is certainly commendable (though I’m partial to Scorsese’s work on Hugo), I’m just pointing out that we’re most likely in for an incredibly predictable ceremony come next month. Hit the jump to see the full list of DGA winners in both film and television. The 84th Academy Awards will be held February 26th.
James Marsh, Project Nim
Patty Jenkins, The Killing, “Pilot” (AMC)
Robert B. Weide, Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Palestinian Chicken” (HBO)
Movies for Television and Miniseries
Jon Cassar, The Kennedys (Reelz Channel)
Neil P. Degroot, The Biggest Loser, “Episode #1115” (NBC)
Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
William Ludel, General Hospital, “Intervention” (ABC)
Amy Schatz, A Child’s Garden of Poetry (HBO)
Noam Murro, Ads for Heineken Premium Light, DirecTV, Volkswagen Tiguan, and EA Battlefield 3