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Slumdog takes DGA

“Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle was the winner at the Directors Guild Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles, adding further fuel to the momentum for the film heading into the Oscar stretch run. At this point, it will be considered a huge upset if “Slumdog” doesn’t win Best Picture—although some are saying Boyle might not win Best Director. One scenario has David Fincher winning Best Director for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

But how can you be the best director but not the director of the best picture?

3 Responses to “Slumdog takes DGA”

  1. Paul Joshu Says:

    Well many think that best picture means best director but the academy has done this so many times. Ang Lee best director and then Brokeback Mountain lose to Crash. Ridley Scott lost best director but Gladiator wins best picture. Steven Spielberg won best director for Saving Private Ryan and the film lost to Shakespeare in Love. All I have to say is if Slumdog Millionaire is going to win best picture and i hope it doesn’t then Fincher better take home the directing prize.

  2. Tom Borowicz Says:

    First off “Slumdog Millionaire” is the best picture of the year in my eyes and I highly recommend anyone of age to see it. It’s the best film I’ve seen since “The Departed” and I do think Danny Boyle should win the Oscar for Best Director. Although I don’t totally agree that because it’s the best picture means it has to have the best director. Martin Scorsese’s first Best Director win I thought was long overdue, and with past Best Director winners of films that did not win Best Picture such as Steven Soderbergh for Traffic and Roman Polanski for The Pianist there is always a chance for an upset in the Best Director category.

  3. John Sanchez Says:

    As stated above there have been several instances of Best Director winners and their films not winning Best Picture. The biggest shocker of them all? How about Francis Ford Coppola losing Best Director for “The Godfather,” certainly one of the greatest films ever made, to Bob Fosse for “Cabaret,” a decent movie but not one you ever see on commercial or cable tv these days. How in the world did that happen?

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