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article imageDirectors go with 'Gravity' while producers serve up a tie

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 26, 2014 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Now, the Oscar race for top prize may have become more clear. Filling out those ballots for many people will now include Alfonso Cuaron and "Gravity" simply because the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has picked him.
The ceremony, hosted by Jane Lynch, took place tonight (Jan. 25) at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Tonight's event most likely set the stage for a best director win come Oscar time for Cuaron ("Gravity"). He was one of the three first-time nominees this time around. The two others were Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"). Other nominees were David O. Russell ("American Hustle") and Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street").
It was a big night for the directors, too. Last year, they picked "Argo." But, "Argo's" director, Ben Affleck did not get an Oscar nomination last year but the film won. Overall, only seven times since the DGA Award's inception has the DGA Award winner not won the Academy Award. It may mean a director win for Cuaron at the Oscars could mean his film may not win the top prize. That doesn't happen often either. This year has split written all over it, but "Gravity" is picking up needed steam at the right time.
However, before a shoe-in is declared, note the Producers Guild of America (PGA). Their guild came up with a tie (announced Jan. 19). "12 Years a slave” [Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner] and "Gravity” [Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman], tied to win The Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Oops. Those ballots just got tricky again. In what is becoming a fun year for the top dog as the award season goes on, comes the usually reliable PGA and DGA.
In its 24 years in existence, the PGA winner has gone on to win Best Picture come Oscar time 17 times, and for the last six years straight. But, with a tie, it means they could still claim success when either one of those films win.
But the Oscar race is a tight one. Three films are in it and they are "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle." The film with the most nominations also has a slight edge going in. Oh, that means "Gravity" and "American Hustle." They each go in with 10 nominations.
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