"1917" continues to rack up the important precursor awards. On Saturday it was the Directors Guild prize for Sam Mendes. https://t.co/LWKiQDsUIg— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) January 26, 2020
Sam Mendes (1917) claimed the Directors Guild of America award for feature directing on Saturday night, which makes him a mortal lock for the equivalent Academy Award for Best Director, since those prizes have almost perfect synchronicity over the decades. What you think that says about the film's Best Picture prospects, more open to question, as there's been a pronounced decoupling of the Picture and Director prizes in recent years. This is Mendes' second win, the first being for American Beauty twenty years prior.
The prize for debut feature directing went to Alma Har'el for Honey Boy, while TV prizes went to Watchmen's Nicole Kassel (for the pilot), Bill Hader (Barry's "ronny/lily"), and Chernobyl's Johan Renck (because everyone wins awards for this except Jared Harris).
Roger Deakins Wins ASC Award for ‘1917’ https://t.co/R2cvxsDGED— Variety (@Variety) January 26, 2020
Meanwhile, storied cinematographer Roger Deakins claimed the American Society of Cinematographers' film award for his work on 1917, his fifth win after previous ones for The Shawshank Redemption, The Man Who Wasn't There, Skyfall, and Blade Runner 2049. If repeated, as seems likely, this would be his second Oscar win.
‘Little Women,’ ‘Fleabag’ Win USC Scripter Awards https://t.co/CaAkVGrylX— Variety (@Variety) January 26, 2020
Finally, for a non-Guild award, the USC Scripter prize for literary adaptation was handed out. This has over the years been a solid precursor for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, matching eight of the last nine years (except for Leave No Trace, which unjustly wasn't nominated at all), and is notable for being awarded to both the screenplay author(s) and the author(s) of the original work being adapted. So this year it was awarded to Greta Gerwig and Louisa May Alcott for Little Women; Ms. Alcott could not attend the ceremony. The TV prize went to Phoebe Waller Bridge for adapting her own play Fleabag.