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DGA Awards 2014: Alfonso Cuaron Wins Top Movie Prize for 'Gravity'

January 27, 2014 (2:46 am) GMT
The 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' director is the winner in film category, while Steven Soderbergh is a special honoree for Robert B. Aldrich Award.
Alfonso Cuaron

The Directors Guild of America announced winners for its 66th annual awards show on Saturday, January 25 in a star-studded gala. Alfonso Cuaron took home the top prize in feature film category, thanks to his brilliant work "". Last year's winner ("") presented the award to the Mexican filmmaker.

The "" helmer said as he accepted the award, "What you cannot see from up there is this bizarre experiment of nature that is the human experience. That experiment is what directors try to sort out with our films. Thankfully, that experience is as diverse as the films as these filmmakers make."

Though Cuaron was the victor, the other four nominees were also honored with a presentation and a medallion each at the DGAs. They were Steve McQueen (""), David O. Russell ("), Paul Greengrass ("), and Martin Scorsese ("").

In the documentary category, Jehane Noujaim won a prize for "" beating Zachary Heinzerling ("Cutie and the Boxer"), Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing"), (""), and Lucy Walker ("The Crash Wheel").

Steven Soderbergh, meanwhile, was feted with the Robert B. Aldrich Award. DGA's current president Paris Barclay took the stage with two prior DGA presidents, Taylor Hackford and Michael Apted, to present the special prize. They said they didn't reveal the honoree until the gala because they were afraid the director who usually shied away from limelight would have chosen not to go if he'd known he'd be honored.

When taking the stage to collect the honor, the "" helmer revealed that he was reluctant to become a DGA member when he started out in his career but he said the group had become an important part of his life over the years. "I've been proud to be a part of it. It means a lot. Thank you," he said.

The Robert B. Aldrich Award was not the only honor Soderbergh took home that night. The director who retired from making movies also grabbed a prize in movies for television and miniseries category for "" which aired on HBO.

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