Alfonso Cuaron Wins Main Prize At Directors Guild Of America Awards

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January 26, 2014 | 9:26am EST

Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron continued his award season success by picking up a top accolade at the 2014 Directors Guild of America prizegiving on Saturday.
The Mexican director was presented with the night’s big award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, for his groundbreaking space thriller at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in California.
He told the crowd, “What you cannot see from up there (in space) is this bizarre experiment of nature that is the human experience.
“That experiment is what directors try to sort out with our films. Thankfully, that experience is as diverse as the films as these film-makers make.”
He beat out competition from Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), David O. Russell (American Hustle) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) to win the accolade.
Other winners included Steven Soderbergh, who took Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television for Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, and Vince Gilligan, the winner of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for cult TV show Breaking Bad.
In the comedy categories, Beth McCarthy-Miller picked up a prize for her time at the helm of 30 Rock, while Saturday Night Live’s Don Ray King went home with Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety award.

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