Boyle wins Best Director accolade at Directors Guild of America Awards

February 2nd, 2009 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, February 2 (ANI): After the quadruple success at the Golden Globes and 10 Oscar nominations, Danny Boyle might as well add winner as his middle name, for the filmmaker has repeated his victory, this time at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his hit film Slumdog Millionaire.

The 52-year-old crushed competitors Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Gus Van Sant (Milk) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) to bag The Best Director title.

Speaking at the recent Los Angeles ceremony, Boyle paid his gratitude to all those who supported him during the top project - which was initially meant for a DVD-only release.

“I should start by curiously thanking Warner Bros for actually having the grace to do the right thing, when I think it would have been a lot easier to do the wrong thing, and pass the film on to Fox Searchlight, who are an extraordinary bunch of people, the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

“To step into the shoes of people like the Coen brothers, it’’s phenomenal. I have stolen from them all my career, in a naked and appalling way,” he added.

The top achievers for the evening were as follows:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Miniseries: Jay Roach, Recount

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night: Dan Attias, The Wire

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series: Paul Feig, The Office

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety: Brent Gunts, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Reality Programme: Tony Croll, America’’s Next Top Model

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Ari Folman, Waltz With Bashir (ANI)

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