Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G Inarritu, who has directed black comedy ‘Birdman’, took top film honour of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film at the 67th annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards.
His good friend Alfronso Cuaron, last year’s winner for ‘Gravity’, presented the award to Inarritu, who had flown into Los Angeles to attend the event from Canada, where he is currently filming ‘The Revenant’.
In his acceptance, Inarritu said making a movie is not as hard as it once was because of new technologies, but “to make a good film we all know is war, and we have just to survive it. If this is considered a great film, it doesn’t have anything to do with me. It’s a miracle.”
Inarritu triumphed at the DGA over ‘American Sniper’, ‘Boyhood’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘The Imitation Game’.
Laura Poitras claimed the award for outstanding directorial achievement in documentary for ‘Citizenfour’, her
portrait of Edward Snowden and dissection of the surveillance state.
The award for television MOV/miniseries went to Lisa Cholodenko for HBO’s ‘Olive Kitteridge’, the two-part HBO
drama about an ornery Maine housewife.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly, heaped praises on their ‘Imitation Game’ director Morten Tyldum.