Good Morning, World!
The Director's Guild of America named "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius the winner of its award for directing feature films last night. Needless to say, that throws more fuel on the "It's a lock" for Best Picture fire. I think that notion is probably true. I have been thinking that one could make a reasonable case for the chances of an upset by "Hugo" or "The Descendants" or possibly even "The Help". But probably not.
The SAG awards are tonight. We'll have those results for you in tomorrow's post and also the parsing of them to see if they reveal any surprises or new wrinkles for the conventional wisdom as we edge closer to Oscar Day/Feb. 26.
Here's the complete skinny on last night's DGA awards from Rope of Silicon:
The Sundance Film Festival is ratcheting down and they announced their awards last night. Again, it seemed that there were two big, buzzy films: "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "The Surrogate". The awards list underscores that. Here, from HitFix is the complete Sundance Awards rundown:
IMDb page for "The Surrogate": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1866249/
and for "Beasts..": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125435/
I am hoping to receive another dispatch or two from Our Man in Utah, Gant Lee of Cinema Bebop to pass along about his Sundance experiences.