Inarritu wins top Directors Guild Award for 'Birdman'

Sun Feb 8, 2015 3:01am EST
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By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu won the top Directors Guild Award on Saturday for "Birdman," his satirical take on show business, raising his and his film's chances for Oscars in two weeks.

The Directors Guild of America's award for feature film director has correctly predicted the best director Academy Award for 10 of the past 11 years.

Inarritu thanked the room of Hollywood directors for backing the risky film, which stars Michael Keaton as a washed up, former superhero actor trying to make an improbable comeback with his own Broadway play.

"If this is considered a great film, it has nothing to do with me, it is a miracle," Inarritu said alongside last year's DGA winner, fellow Mexican Alfonso Cuaron.

"I actually say that humbled," he added, "because I never expected to be here tonight talking to you, never in my life."

Inarritu, 51, prevailed over four other nominees: two-time DGA best feature director winner Clint Eastwood for Iraq war drama "American Sniper," Richard Linklater for coming-of-age tale "Boyhood," Morten Tyldum for British World War Two story "The Imitation Game" and Wes Anderson for colorful caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

The Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 22 and voting concludes on Feb. 17.

"Birdman" co-leads in Oscar nominations with nine nods, including the film industry's top honor, best picture, along with best director, best actor, best supporting actor and best supporting actress.   Continued...

Mexican film director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu poses for a portrait while promoting his upcoming movie "Birdman" in Los Angeles, California in this December 16, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files