USA/ UNITED KINGDOM: ANTHONY MINGHELLA WINS DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA (DGA) AWARD
- Title: USA/ UNITED KINGDOM: ANTHONY MINGHELLA WINS DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA (DGA) AWARD
- Date: 8th March 1997
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MARCH 8, 1997) (RTV) INTERIOR OF VENUE/ PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERA CREWS "SHINE" DIRECTOR SCOTT HICKS SAYING I AM REALLY EXHILARATED, IT'S A WONDERFUL GROUP TO BE REGARDING AS BEING MY PEERS. I AM JUST DELIGHTED TO BE A PART OF IT, I AM ENJOYING THE EVENING. (ENGLISH) "FARGO" DIRECTOR JOEL COEN SAYING THERE'S ALL KINDS OF SUPERSTITION ATTACHED TO IT, YOU KNOW. PEOPLE KILL ANIMALS AND DISECT THEM AND EXAMINE THEIR ENTRAILS TO SEE WHO IS GOING TO WIN THE OSCARS. I DON'T THINK MUCH OF IT REALLY MEAN ANYTHING. (ENGLISH) "SECRETS AND LIES" DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH SAYING IT'S BRILLIANT, IT'S BRILLIANT BECAUSE WE DIRECTORS ARE HERE BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN VOTED FOR BY OUR FELLOW DIRECTORS AND IT'S WONDERFUL, IT'S GREAT (ENGLISH) "JERRY MAGUIRE" DIRECTOR CAMERON CROWE SAYING I'M STILL IN SHOCK, I KNOW PEOPLE SAY THAT BUT I AM. I AM SORT OF KNOWN AS A WRITER. IT'S WHAT I HAVE DONE MOST OF MY LIFE AND TO BE NOTICED FOR DIRECTING IS AN AMAZING THING. (ENGLISH)
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- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA/ UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, UNITED KINGDOM/ VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:00:50
- Story Text: The sweeping romance "The English Patient" continued its drive to the Oscars on Saturday (March 8) as first-time nominee Anthony Minghella won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award.
Given the DGA's track record as an Academy Award preview, "The English Patient" becomes a favourite for the Oscars.
Minghella said he was pleased with the award but added that he felt it was not a competition, "We are not horses", he told the audience of more than 1,000. "We are not in a race. We are all directors trying to survive, and I am so honoured to be among them." Before "The English Patient", Minghella had directed only two other pictures: "Truly, Madly, Deeply" and "Mr. Wonderful".
Other Oscar nominees present included Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire), Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies), Joel Coen (Fargo), and Scott Hicks (Shine).
It was a strong night for actors-turned-directors with Al Pacino taking an award for directing the documentary "Looking for Richard".
Pacino described the film as a wonderful experiment, "It's just great and thanks to the DGA I am really honoured, Thank you," he said.
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