won at the Directors Guild of America Awards on January 25 for his helming of the WWI epic “1917.” The guild has a great track record of previewing the Best Director winner at the Academy Awards. Since aligning its awards with the academy, only seven of the DGA
picks failed to pick up an Oscar bookend. That stat makes Mendes all but certain to claim his second Oscar for directing. He won both the DGA and Academy Award for his directorial debut, “American Beauty
,” back in 2000.
For that film, Mendes numbers among the 55 DGA winners for best director of the year who went on to claim bragging rights as the helmer of the Oscar winner for Best Picture. But we are just coming off one of those 16 years when there was a disconnect between the guild and the academy.Alfonso Cuarón
won the DGA prize for “Roma
” but “Green Book