Christopher Nolan won the main trophy awarded by the Directors Guild of America

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan, the director of the historical drama “Oppenheimer”, won the most important trophy awarded by the Directors Guild Award (DGA) on Saturday, AFP informs.

The victory at the DGA Awards gala, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, gives the director the status of a big favorite to win the Oscar for directing.

The Briton, famous for his complex blockbusters, with commercial success, but not always rewarded at award ceremonies in the world of cinema, prevailed in front of established directors: Martin Scorsese (“Killers of the Flower Moon”), Greta Gerwig (“Chin”), Yorgos Lanthimos (“Poor Things”) and Alexander Payne (“The Holdovers”).

“The fact that my peers think I deserve this award means everything to me”Nolan said, referring to his feature film about the father of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, played by Irish actor Cillian Murphy.

The filmmaker had previously been nominated for the DGA Awards’ top trophy with four of his previous films, “Reminder”The Dark Knight”inception” and “Dunkirk”but he had not managed to win.

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Accepting the award, Christopher Nolan praised his team for bringing his ambitious visions to life, including creating a stunning replica of the first atomic bomb test.

The feature film “20 Days in Mariupol”which tells about the arrival of war in a Ukrainian city that became the site of one of the bloodiest battles following the Russian invasion, won the category “best direction of a documentary” by director Mstyslav Chernov.

“Today, my hometown was bombed and seven people were killed, including three children. So it’s a sad day”said Chernov.

The DGA Awards gala also rewarded television productions: Peter Hoar won the category of best director of an episode of a drama series for the episode “Long, Long Time” from “The Last of Us”and Christopher Storer in the one that awarded the best director of a comedy series for “The Bear”.

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