Hooper won the Directors Guild of America Award for best feature-film director at the awards Saturday night (Jan. 29), beating out Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Christopher Nolan (“Inception”), David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) and David Fincher (“The Social Network”). And if history holds, Hooper may now be the front-runner to win the Academy Award for best director as well.
Only six times since the DGA began its awards in 1948 has the guild’s winner not won the Oscar for best director that year; the last time was in 2002, when Roman Polanski (“The Pianist’) beat out DGA winner Rob Marshall of “Chicago.” Fincher, Russell, Aronofsky and “True Grit’s” Joel and Ethan Coen are the other Oscar nominees for best director.
Other awards at Saturday’s ceremony went to Martin Scorsese for the pilot of “Boardwalk Empire,” Michael Spiller for the “Halloween” episode of “Modern Family” and Charles Ferguson for the documentary “Inside Job.” The full list of winners:
Feature film: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
Documentary: Charles Ferguson, “Inside Job”
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”