Fox Searchlight’s Birdman keeps cruising above the clouds. The consensus tonight was that the DGA belonged to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, given its 12 years in the making, however in a surprise win, Birdman’s Alejandro G. Inarritu won the DGA at its 67th annual ceremony, in the wake of key wins at the PGA, the SAGs, two Golden Globes (screenplay, best comedy actor Michael Keaton) as well as seven Critics Choice award wins. Birdman, in its story about a has-been Hollywood actor who tries to reboot his career by mounting a Broadway play, is clearly resonating with all facets of Hollywood. Tonight’s DGA awards was held at the Hyatt Century Plaza in Century City with the irreverent Jane Lynch hosting. DGA feature film directors historically see a repeat in the respective Oscar category, and possibly even a best picture win. Last year’s DGA winner, Alfonso Cuarón, went on to nab the directing Oscar for Gravity, however, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave took best picture. This DGA ceremony will go down as the year women roared with four big wins: Jill Soloway took best comedy series for her Amazon show Transparent, Lisa Cholodenko for HBO’s miniseries Olive Kitteridge, Laura Poitras for Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour and Lesli Linka Glatter for her helming work on the Homeland episode “From A to B and Back Again.” Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond will weigh in with his complete analysis later tonight. Here’s how the night went down:
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