The Directors Guild of America has just finished handing out there awards with the hardly surprising result of Guillermo del Toro winning the top prize for Directorial Achievement in Feature film for "The Shape of Water." This now puts him front and center to win the Oscar for Best Director at next month's ceremony, for as you probably know, the winner of the DGA's top award has an over 90% chance of doing so, what with the awards matching most of the time.
As for the rest of the awards, there weren't any really big surprises, though it was rather unfortunate to see that none of the "Game of Thrones" nominees won the Drama Series category, but presumably having three nominees in the same category caused the votes to be split up quite a bit, allowing for another winner to emerge. Other than that, everything else went as expected, including Jordan Peele winning the "First-Timer" award for "Get Out," "Veep" winning Comedy Series, and "Big Little Lies" winning for Movies for Television and Miniseries.
Coming up next in the awards race, we have the Writers Guild Awards happening on Sunday, February 11th, which should help us narrow down the two Screenplay categories at the Oscars (though Original Screenplay will still be up in the air thanks to the WGA's silly rules that "disqualified" "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri"), so be sure to check back to see who wins.
In the meantime, please see below for a complete list of tonight's DGA winners:
Feature Film: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water First-Time Feature Film: Jordan Peele, Get Out Documentary: Matthew Heineman, City of Ghosts Dramatic Series: Reed Morano, The Handmaid's Tale Comedy Series: Beth McCarthy-Miller, "Chicklet," Veep Movies for Television and Mini-Series: Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies Variety/Talk/News/Sports: Regularly Scheduled Programming: Don Roy King, "Host: Jimmy Fallon," Saturday Night Live Variety/Talk/News/Sports: Specials: Glenn Weiss, The 89th Annual Academy Awards Reality Programs: Brian Smith, "Vegas Deluze & Oyster Shucks," MasterChef Children’s Programs: Niki Caro, "Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny," Anne with an E Commercials: Martin de Thurah, "Festival," StubHub, "Machines," StubHub, and "Mad World," Wealth Simple