LOS ANGELES Jan 25 Mexican director Alfonso
Cuaron won the top prize at the Directors Guild of America (DGA)
on Sunday for the movie "Gravity" as the outer space drama
gathers momentum, alongside "American Hustle" and "12 Years a
Slave", for the Oscars.
The best director award is Cuaron's first from the DGA and
is considered a strong predictor of Oscar success in six weeks.
The DGA top honor has correctly predicted the best picture Oscar
winner for nine of the past 10 years.
"This is truly and honor, and I'm humbled by being
recognized by your peers," Cuaron, 52, said, accepting the award
at a ceremony in Los Angeles.
Cuaron's special effects-laden existential drama about an
astronaut who becomes separated from her space shuttle also won
a joint prize with "12 Years a Slave" from Hollywood's producers
last week in a rare tie.
Since 1948, there have been only seven occasions when the
DGA award winner has not gone on to win the corresponding
Academy Award. Last year's DGA winner, Ben Affleck for Iran
hostage drama "Argo", was not nominated for the best director
Oscar award, which was given to Ang Lee for "Life of Pi".
Vince Gilligan, creator of the television series "Breaking
Bad", also won the best director prize for a dramatic series.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Louise Ireland)