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DGA tabs Boyle for 'Millionaire'

February 02, 2009|Susan King

Some editions of The Times did not carry this article Sunday.

The Directors Guild of America on Saturday named Danny Boyle the best director of 2008 for "Slumdog Millionaire."

It's the first guild win for the 52-year-old British director. Boyle has won critics' groups honors, as well as the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and the British Independent Film Award, for "Slumdog Millionaire." He's also nominated for an Oscar for directing the drama about an Indian teenager who grew up in poverty and reflects upon his life while competing on a TV game show.

The DGA Awards have become one of the most reliable indicators for the Academy Awards, scheduled to be held Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the guild have disagreed only six times in their selections in the last 60 years.

The 61st annual DGA ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, with Jon Cryer of the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men" filling in as host for Carl Reiner, who had to cancel his emcee duties after he became ill from food poisoning.

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susan.king@latimes.com

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