Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama “The Shape of Water” took the top prize at Saturday evening’s Directors Guild of America Awards, winning the coveted best feature film directing category.
In doing so, he topped Greta Gerwig of “Lady Bird,” Martin McDonagh of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Christopher Nolan of “Dunkirk” and Jordan Peele of “Get Out.”
It’s del Toro’s first DGA win.
Peele, a double-nominee, reeled in best first feature film honors for the horror-comedy “Get Out,” which scared up more than $250 million at the box office.
Others nominated in that group were Geremy Jasper for “Patti Cake$,” William Oldroyd for “Lady Macbeth,” Taylor Sheridan for “Wind River” and Aaron Sorkin for “Molly’s Game.”
Since 1948, there have only been seven times the winner of the DGA Award for feature film directing has not gone on to win the Academy Award for best director.
The most recent time was 2013, when Ben Affleck won the DGA Award for “Argo,” but wasn’t even nominated for a directing Academy Award, even though the film won the Oscar for best picture.
Damien Chazelle won both awards last year for “La La Land.”
On the television side, Reed Morano of”`The Handmaid’s Tale,” gathered best drama honors; and “Veep” director Beth McCarthy-Miller was victorious in the comedy arena.
The ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton.
Here is a complete list of winners:
— Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM
— Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
— Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Offred (Hulu)
— Beth McCarthy-Miller, “Veep,” Chicklet (HBO)
MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINISERIES
— Jean Marc Vallee, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING
— Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” Host: Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIALS
— Glenn Weiss, “The 89th Annual Academy Awards” (ABC)
— Brian Smith, “MasterChef,” Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Shucks (FOX)
— Niki Caro, “Anne with an E,” Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny (Netflix)
— Martin de Thurah, StubHub and WealthSimple
— Matthew Heineman, “City of Ghosts” (Amazon Studios)
–City News Service