The Director’s Guild of America (DGA) announced the winners of the 60th Annual DGA Awards ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joel and Ethan Coen took home the prize for directing No Country for Old Men. This, added to the SAG win for Best Ensemble, puts No Country on top of the Oscar competition, especially considering that the DGA Awards are generally a good predictor for who will win both Best Director and Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Only six times in 59 previous years have the awards not matched up.
I predicted earlier this month that Paul Thomas Anderson would take home the prize for There Will Be Blood, but I stand here humbly corrected. The Coens beat out PTA, Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Sean Penn (Into the Wild), and Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) for the prize. This is the first time the Coens have won the DGA Award.