For the first time in the 74-year history of the award, the Best Director and Best Director of the First Film were won by female filmmakers.
One of the awards handed out at the end of a busy weekend in terms of award season was the Directors’ Guild Award (DGA) Awards. At the DGA Awards, given for the 74th time this year, both the Best Director Award and the Best Director Award for the First Film went to female filmmakers.
Jane Campion won Best Director for “The Power of the Dog”. “The Power of the Dog”, which has won numerous awards so far, is also competing in the Best Picture category at the Oscar awards and it is seen as a great possibility to win the award. Jane Campion, who was also awarded the Best Director award at the BAFTA and Critics Choice Awards, which are the other major award ceremonies held at the weekend, is also a prominent name in the Best Director category of the Oscars.
Campion had previously won the Best Director Oscar and the DGA Best Director award for “Piano” in 1994. Thus, Campion made cinema history as the first female director to be awarded the Best Director Award by the DGA twice.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, on the other hand, was awarded the Best Director for a Debut Film for her directorial debut “The Lost Daughter”. Gyllenhaal received many awards, including Gotham Awards and Independent Spirit Awards, for “The Lost Daughter”, for which he also wrote the script.
Other names who were deemed worthy of the Best Director Award by DGA are as follows: