At the Directors Guild of America, last night, it was Alfonso Cuatron and the movie Gravity that got top honors.
Katie Adler, a native San Franciscan, says "There are some really great movies out and it will be a tight race. Very exciting."
It is now looking like it will be a "tight three-way race to the Oscars," reports Newser.com.
"The award all but guarantees Cuaron the Best Director Oscar (though don't ask Ben Affleck about that particular almost-guarantee), and gives Gravity another boost over American Hustle and the faltering 12 Years a Slave," reports the AP.
Up until now it was the latter two films that had been considered the contenders most likely to win at the Academy Awards on March 2 2014.
As it stands at the moment, however, as Scott Bowles of the USA Today puts it, "Now the coin has three sides."
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