Tom Hooper wins the 2011 Directors Guild Award for ‘The King’s Speech’

Tom Hooper, pictured here with Directors Guild Award Co-Chair and last year's Feature Film winner Kathryn Bigelow, took the honor of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 'The King's Speech' (credit: AP/Dan Steinberg)

Proving once again that the guilds are differentiating themselves from the critics this year, The King’s Speech has risen for a second big win last night as Tom Hooper was honored with the Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.

This is the first DGA win for Hooper, who was previously nominated for his work in the TV Movie/Mini-Series category for 2009’s John Adams.

Other winners in film included Charles Ferguson in the Documentary category for Inside Job and Mick Jackson in the Movies for Television/Mini-Series category for Temple Grandin.

Martin Scorsese followed up his 2006 DGA win for The Departed with this year’s award for Dramatic Series for Boardwalk Empire. Also on the television side, Michael Spiller won his first-ever DGA in the Comedy Series category for the “Halloween” episode of Modern Family.

Since its inception in 1948, the winner of the Directors Guild Award for Feature Film has typically gone on to win the Best Director Oscar in the same year. There have been exceptions only on six occasions, the most recent time occurring in 2002.

For even more winners and more information, check out the 63rd Annual DGA Awards online.

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