Scorsese takes top DGA honors

The Director’s Guild of America (DGA) gave Martin Scorsese a big boost in the Oscar race on February 3, by awarding him best director of 2006 for ‘The Departed.’ This is Scorsese’s first win even though he has been nominated for a DGA award seven times in the past.

The DGA awards have been one of the most reliable forecasters of the Academy Award director’s Oscar®, having the Oscars only differing from the DGA award six times over the last 58 years.

Scorsese won a Golden Globe as best director for his remake of the Hong Kong movie ‘Infernal Affairs.’

Academy voters now well aware of the DGA win, are considering who to vote for as they mark their ballots due to be returned to Pricewaterhouse-Coopers by 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 20.

“I can’t believe this,” a stunned Scorsese said after accepting the award, a hug from presenter Steven Spielberg and a standing ovation from the audience. Scorsese went on to joke: “This is the first movie I’ve done with a plot.”

The 59th annual DGA awards were held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, with Carl Reiner serving as host for the 20th time.

And the winners were:

TV drama series: Jon Cassar, “24,” Fox

TV movie: Walter Hill, “Broken Trail,” AMC

TV comedy series: Richard Shepard, “Ugly Betty,” ABC

Musical variety: Rob Marshall, “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” NBC

Daytime serials: Jill Mitwell, “One Life To Live,” ABC

Reality TV: Tony Sacco, “Treasure Hunters,” NBC

Documentary: Arunas Matelis, “Before Flying Back to the Earth”

Children’s programming: Kenny Ortega, “High School Musical,” Disney Channel

Commercials: Dante Ariola.

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