DGA Honors Rob Marshall as Best Director of the Year
by Eugene Hernandez
As the annual Academy Awards ceremony draws closer, so do the predictions of who will win on Oscar night. The annual Directors Guild of America Awards give prognosticators a sense of the direction voters are leaning. At a ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the DGA presented its 2002 DGA Award for Feature Film to “Chicago” director Rob Marshall.
The members of Marshall’s directorial team on “Chicago” were production manager Joyce Kozy King, first assistant director Myron Hoffert, and second assistant director Grant Lucibello.
In the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary category, Tasha Oldham won the DGA Award for “The Smith Family.”
Martin Scorsese, also nominated for the DGA feature film award this year, was honored with a lifetime achievement award “for distinguished achievement in motion picture direction.”
The DGA’s Award for feature film is considered a near-perfect indicator best director Oscar winner. All but five times since the creation of the DGA award in 1949, the DGA winner has also received the Academy Award for best director.
Nominated for the Oscar in directing this year are Marshall, Scorsese, Stephen Daldry for “The Hours,” Roman Polanski for “The Pianist,” and Pedro Almodovar for “Talk to Her.”