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Guillermo del Toro wins top Directors Guild Award

The award, which represents more than 17,000 entertainment industry professionals, serves as a reliable predictor for who will take the top prize at the Oscars

AP, BEVERLY HILLS, California

All directors nominated in the feature category are given “nomination medallions” throughout the ceremony, which includes presentations from their cast or collaborators and speeches before the final award is announced. From Gerwig to Peele, all the nominated directors spoke of their pride of being able to call themselves directors and to be in the guild.

The Directors Guild Awards serve as a reliable predictor for who will eventually win the best director prize at the Academy Awards. Last year, La La Landhelmer Damien Chazelle won both prizes. This year, all but McDonagh are nominated in the category (Paul Thomas Anderson took the fifth Oscars spot for directing Phantom Thread).

Del Toro, like Gerwig, Peele and McDonagh, was a first time DGA nominee Saturday.

“This means the world to me, this coming from my peers,” del Toro said.

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