Alejandro González Iñárritu became the first director to ever win the Directors Guild of America’s for Outstanding Directing Feature Film in two consecutive years. The Mexican filmmaker won the top prize at the 68th Annual DGA Awards for The Revenant last night, which also raises his chances of a second consecutive win at the Academy Awards.
"I never expected to win this award, truly. “I’m… paralyzed. Tough men don’t cry, that’s what Ridley Scott said today," Iñárritu said in his acceptance speech.
He added: "There was more than 120 Mexicans in the kitchen that served your hot food, and that was the best party I’ve had had. Like a Viva Mexico kind of thing. That’s not the people Donald Trump has described at all… they contribute a lot to this country. And this hug, and this embrace that you’re giving me today goes to a whole country, goes to a Latin American community in this country."
This was Iñárritu’s third DGA Award win and fourth nomination. He won the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film last year for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He was also nominated in the same category for Babel in 2006, and won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Procter & Gamble) in 2012.
Additionally filmmaker Matthew Heineman won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for the US-Mexico coproduction film Cartel Land.
The 68th Annual DGA Awards were presented the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, last night.