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Avatar's Oscar Shot Goes Wide? Hurt Locker's Bigelow Bests Cameron at DGA Awards

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And this round of Oscar foreshadowing goes to...Kathryn Bigelow!

Two weeks after her Iraq-war drama was shut out at the Golden Globes, the Hurt Locker director beat out ex-hubby James Cameron for the top prize Saturday at the 62nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards, the first time a woman has won the prestigious honor.

"This is the most incredible moment of my life," Bigelow, 58, said. "This is amazing. I'm so deeply stunned, honored and awed."

The DGA prize is one of the most accurate Oscar predictors, having presaged the Academy Award-winning Best Director all but six times in 61 years. And Best Director usually wins Best Picture...

Aside from Cameron, the DGA also-rans included the Brangelina-backed Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds, Jason Reitman for Up in the Air and Lee Daniels for Precious.

Meanwhile, Louie Psihoyos won the prize for documentary direction for The Cove, while screen stalwart Norman Jewison (Moonstruck, ...And Justice for All) received the guild's top honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The rest of tonight's winners:

  • Motion Picture: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
  • Documentary: Louie Psihoyos, The Cove
  • TV Drama Series: Lesli Linka Glatter, Mad Men
  • TV Comedy Series: Jason Winer, Modern Family
  • TV Movie: Ross Katz, Taking Chance
  • Musical Variety: Don Mischer, We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
  • Daytime Serials: Christopher Goutman, As the World Turns
  • Reality TV: Craig Borders, Build It Bigger
  • Children's Programs: Allison Liddi-Brown, Princess Protection Program
  • Commercials: Tom Kuntz


One awards show down this weekend, one to go. Follow E! Online's Red Carpet Grammy coverage starting tomorrow afternoon!