It’s a ‘Dog’ Day at DGA Awards

The 61st annual Directors Guild of America Awards were held Saturday night in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, and Slumdog Millionaire came out on top in the cinema category.

Danny Boyle’s romance flick—which is set against the backdrop of an all-or-nothing Indian game show—won him Best Director at the DGAs, beating out the auteurs behind Milk, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Dark Knight.

Most of whom Boyle will face at the Oscars on February 22 in the Best Director category. Slumdog is nominated in ten categories.

Yahoo! reports that there have only been six times in Oscar history since 1948 when the DGA winner for Best Director hasn’t gone on to Oscar gold. However, three of those instances have occurred since 1995. Keep your fingers crossed, Dan.

Of course, even if Slumdog should fail to win big at the Oscars, Boyle and company have already done pretty well for themselves. The film has won several awards, including four Golden Globes, five Critics’ Circle Awards, and a National Board of Review award.


The Office, The Wire, Recount and America’s Next Top Model took home awards for television direction.

On-camera faces who showed up for the awards ceremony included Slumdog stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, Benjamin Button’s Taraji P. Henson, Amy Adams, Claire Danes, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Brolin, Marisa Tomei, and Doubt’s Viola Davis.