Photo: Alfonso Cuaron on set of "Gravity" (dreadcentral)
Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron won the 2013 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award for “Gravity,” the same category in which he won a Golden Globe.
“Thanks, everyone. Let’s have a drink,” Cuaron said as he was presented with the award Saturday night by Ben Affleck, who won the DGA Award for “Argo” last year.
The Mexican director was the favorite at the DGA gala in Los Angeles and beat out Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”), Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”), David O. Russell (“American Hustle”) and Martin Scorsese (“The Wolf of Wall Street”).
Cuaron is the first Hispanic to be honored by the DGA as best director.
The DGA Awards are considered a gauge of who will take home the Oscar as best director.
Only seven times since the DGA Awards were first handed out in 1948 has the winner not gone on to win the Best Director Oscar.
Affleck was the most recent person to miss out on an Oscar after winning the DGA Award because he had not been nominated for the Academy Awards.
Cuaron has been nominated for the Oscars and will compete with McQueen, Russell, Scorsese and Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”).