Alfonso Cuarón can’t stop winning.
The Gravity director received the award for Oustanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film from the Directors Guild of America on Saturday, Jan. 25, Fox News Latino reports.
With 10 Oscar nominations, the space thriller is likely to win the most Academy Awards this year. However, the film is in a tight three-way Oscar race for Best Picture with David O. Russell’s film American Hustle and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.
Earning the DGA award makes the 52-year-old the likely winner for Best Director on Oscars night. The Directors Guild recipient nearly always goes on to claim the same prize at the Academy Awards. In fact, in the 65-year history of the DGA awards, the winner has failed to take home the Best Director Oscar just seven times.
While accepting his trophy, Cuarón recalled looking at a satellite image of earth from space. “What you cannot see from up there is this bizarre experiment of nature that is the human experience,” he said. “That experiment is what directors try to sort out with our films. Thankfully, that experience is as diverse as the films as these filmmakers make.”
The star of Gravity, Sandra Bullock, was also on-hand to joke about her director. While introducing Cuarón for his honor, Bullock joked that she could barely understand him while shooting the sci-fi flick.
“I had no idea whether ice meant ice or rice,” she said, pointing to her eye. Later, Cuarón shot back at her, saying that actors feel that the universe revolves around them. When he looked over at Bullock, she pointed to her ear and mouthed, “I can’t understand you.”
Congrats, Cuarón! See the full list of winners at the official site of the Directors Guild of America.