DGA Awards Presented; Cameron Named Feature Winner, Uys & Lovell Take Doc Prize

by Eugene Hernandez

At joint ceremonies in New York & Los Angeles Saturday night, the
Directors Guild of America presented its Outstanding Directorial
Achievement Awards. James Cameron, director of "Titanic" was
given the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a
Feature Film, while filmmakers Michael Uys & Lexy Lovell were honored
with the DGA prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Documentary, for "Riding the Rails." Saturday's event at Windows on
the World in Manhattan and the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles was
the DGA's 50th annual awards dinner.

Noted documentarian Barbara Kopple was awarded the DGA Award for
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night, for
her work on the "The Documentary" episode of the NBC series, "Homicide:
Life on the Street
." Among the career achievement presented Saturday,
were the D.W. Griffith Award to Francis Ford Coppola, the Robert Aldrich
Achievement Award to Martha Coolidge, and the Presidents Award to
George Sidney,

The DGA feature directing award, which is considered a near perfect
indicator of the eventual winner of the Oscar for best direction, came
as little surprise given the overwhelming success of "Titanic" in
overall Oscar nominations and box office dominance. According to the
DGA, only four times since the creation of the DGA Award has the
winner not ultimately received the Academy Award for best director.


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