Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Guillermo del Toro wins top Directors Guild Award | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Guillermo del Toro wins top Directors Guild Award | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

The Directors Guild of America's top award-outstanding directorial achievement in a feature-was handed to Guillermo del Toro Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles for his Fox Searchlight Pictures feature "The Shape of Water".

Del Toro's win - which comes on the heels of victories for "The Shape of Water" at the and the - may bode well for his chances to take the directing prize at the Academy Awards.

Gerwig, also an Oscar nominee, would be only the second woman to win the best director Academy Award. A fantasy romance about a unique bond formed between a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) and an amphibian man (Doug Jones) in the early 1960s, The Shape of Water has been a major force throughout awards season, picking up Best Picture honors from the Producers Guild of America Awards and the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, as well as Best Director awards from the Golden Globes and the CCMAs.

Del Toro was up against Greta Gerwig, Christopher Nolan, Martin McDonagh and Jordan Peele for the top prize. This year, all but McDonagh are nominated in the category (Paul Thomas Anderson took the fifth Oscars spot for directing "Phantom Thread").

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Guillermo del Toro wins top Directors Guild Award | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

In the field of movies for television and mini series, another first-time DGA victor, Jean-Marc Vallee, took home the gold for HBO's dramatic Emmy Award-winning series on domestic abuse Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

It was del Toro's first DGA win and his first nomination.

British director Michael Apted, known for the "Up" documentary series which revisits children every seven years as they progress into middle age and beyond, was honored with a special lifetime achievement award at the gala ceremony hosted by Judd Apatow.

According to Variety, del Toro, who won the top DGA feature film award, praised the industry for allowing a diverse group of directors to tell their stories. In comedy series category, Beth McCarthy-Miller of HBO's "Veep" earned the award on her 12th nomination.

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