GUILLERMO del TORO won the Directors Guild of America won the top award for Outstanding Directorial Achievemen for “The Shape of Water.” The honor was awarded to del Toro last night at the 70th Annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
The Fox Searchlight Picture has been nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including for best feature and best director. Del Toro also received the Golden Globe for best director for this fantastical love story between a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) and a male sea creature. Del Toro’s win by the DGA, considered a reliable forecaster for a best director Academy Award, puts the Mexican director in front runner position.
Other top honors went to JORDAN PEELE, wh received outstanding directorial achievement for a first time feature film director for “Get Out” (Universal Pictures). Reed Morano was honored for outstanding directorial achievement in dramatic series for the hit Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Offred.”
Judd Apatow hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,100 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Pamela Adlon, Kevin Bacon, Damien Chazelle, Betty Gabriel, Sally Hawkins, Marcus Henderson, Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Catherine Keener, Christine Lahti, Don Mischer, Kimberly Peirce, Chelsea Peretti, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Jay D. Roth, Thomas Schlamme, Amy Schumer, Frankie Shaw, John Singleton, Emma Thomas, Aisha Tyler, and Bradley Whitford.
Here is the complete list of winners: