"My Architect" Wins DGA Doc Award; "Rings" Also a Winner
by Eugene Hernandez
Nathaniel Kahn's "My Architect," a doc about the filmmaker's search to solve the mysteries of his famous father, won the Directors Guild of America's 2003 Outstanding Directorial Achievement Award in documentary this weekend in Los Angeles.
The feature film award went to Peter Jackson for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and is considered a near-perfect predictor of the winner of the Oscar for best director. Only six times since 1949 has the winner of the DGA prize not gone on to win the Academy Award for director.
Other nominees in the feature category included Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation," Clint Eastwood for "Mystic River," Gary Ross for "Seabiscuit," and Peter Weir for "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."
Mike Nichols, director of "Angels in America," received the organization's lifetime achievement award at the ceremony and also won the DGA's TV movie award for the project.