Hello, Oscar: Gravity Builds Momentum at DGAs

Cuaron and Co. take home top film honors

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Alfonso Cuaron and Gravity added top film honors to their collection at last night's Directors Guild of America Awards, building momentum in what's seen as a tight three-way race to the Oscars. The award all but guarantees Cuaron the Best Director Oscar (though don't ask Ben Affleck about that particular almost-guarantee), and gives Gravity another boost over American Hustle and the faltering 12 Years a Slave, notes the AP. The latter two films had been seen as the strongest contenders in a flip-a-coin contest at the March 2 Academy Awards, but as Scott Bowles at USA Today notes, "Now the coin has three sides."

This Oct. 1, 2013 file photo, director Alfonso Cuaron at the premiere of Gravity in New York.
This Oct. 1, 2013 file photo, director Alfonso Cuaron at the premiere of "Gravity" in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Sandra Bullock in Gravity.  With the tightest three-way Oscar race in years, the 66th DGA Awards could give “Gravity,” “American Hustle,” or “12 Years a Slave” an edge in the Oscars home stretch.
Sandra Bullock in "Gravity." With the tightest three-way Oscar race in years, the 66th DGA Awards could give “Gravity,” “American Hustle,” or “12 Years a Slave” an edge in the Oscars home stretch.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, File)
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