Tom Hooper took the highest honor at the awards event for directing 'The King's Speech' which beat 'Social Network' and 'Black Swan' among others.
"The King's Speech" continues to reign supreme over awards season - filmmaker Tom Hooper was honored with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards on Saturday, January 29. Hooper was presented with the outstanding directorial achievement by his peers for his story of stuttering British monarch King George VI.
The DGA prizegiving is thought to be the best indicator for the Oscars, with all but six recipients going on to pick up the Best Director honor at the Academy Awards since 1948. Accepting the accolade, Hooper paid tribute to his mother, who sparked his interest in the king. He told the audience, "She came home and she rang me up and she said, 'I think I found your next movie'. The moral of the story is, listen to your mother."
Hooper beat out competition from "The Social Network"'s David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Christopher Nolan (Inception), and David O. Russell (The Fighter). "The King's Speech" is nominated for a staggering 12 trophies at the Oscars in February, including Best Picture.
Winners list of 2011 DGA Awards:
- Feature film: Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
- Documentary: Charles Ferguson, "Inside Job"
- Movies for Television and Mini-Series: Mick Jackson, "Temple Grandin"
- Drama series: Martin Scorsese, "Boardwalk Empire" (episode "Boardwalk Empire")
- Comedy series: Michael Spiller, "Modern Family" (episode "Halloween")
- Musical/variety: Glenn Weiss, 64th annual Tony Awards
- Reality program: Eytan Keller, "The Next Iron Chef" (episode #301)
- Daytime serial: Larry Carpenter, "One Life to Live" (episode "Starr'd Lovers, the Musical, Part Two")
- Commercials: Stacy Wall ("Rise," Nike; "Really?," Microsoft; "Slim Chin & D Rose," Adidas; "Handshake," Nike)
- Children's program: Eric Bross, "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf"