Weightless win for Cuarón.
Alfonso Cuarón won the top prize at the Director’s Guild Awards, Hollywood’s biggest prize awarded solely for directing, and another important bellwether for the Oscars.
Cuarón won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film for acclaimed space disaster film Gravity.
Cuarón has already picked up a Golden Globe and a clutch of other awards, and his win at the DGAs suggests an Oscar is almost guaranteed.
Only seven DGA winners in 65 years have not then gone on to win the directing Oscar.
Cuarón beat Paul Greengrass, Steve McQueen, David O Russell and Martin Scorsese to take the award.
The awards for the director’s union is the penultimate major US awards show in the relentless cavalcade of red carpets before the Oscars. The Writer’s Guild Awards take place on February 1st, and Britain’s BAFTAs take place on February 16th.
The Oscars will take place on March 2nd - and Sky Movies is again officially the only place to watch them.