Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) award for Best Feature Film Director for Birdman, beating out the favorite Boyhood’s Richard Linklater.
This was Iñárritu’s third DGA Award nomination, and second win. He was previously nominated for Best Feature Film Director for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Procter and Gamble) in 2012.
It was the second time in a row that a Mexican director wins the DGA Award in the Feature Film category, last year Alfonso Cuarón received the honors for his film Gravity. Cuarón went on to win the Academy Award for Best Director. Iñárritu’s DGA Award win puts him closer to the Oscar, as in the previous 66 editions, in all but seven times, DGA winners got the Oscar for Best Director.
The 67th annual DGA Awards were presented at a ceremony last nigh in Los Angeles, California.