Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) won best picture Saturday from the Directors Guild of America.
The win comes at the expense of the highly lauded and politicized 12 Years a Slave, a pre-Civil War story of an abducted and enslaved free black man from upstate New York, with which Gravity tied for best film last week at the PGA Awards, and which won the Golden Globe for best drama the week prior.
Announcing the DGA award was Ben Affleck, who won last year for Argo, the story of the Hollywood-aided rescue of Americans during the Iran hostage crisis under the watch of Jimmy Carter.
Gravity was not only critically acclaimed, it exceeded expectations in the box office, earning nearly $700 million worldwide. From Variety:
Cuaron’s 91-minute film has overperformed at the box office with $678 million worldwide for Warner Bros. He co-wrote the script with his son Jonas Cuaron as an exploration of “adversity and the possibility of rebirth as an outcome of adversities.”
“Gravity” was Cuaron’s first film since 2006′s “Children of Men.” He’s been nominated for six Academy Awards: original screenplay for “Y Tu Mamá También,” adapted screenplay and editing for “Children of Men” and Best Picture, director and editor for “Gravity.”