The latest triumph of "Slumdog Millionaire" follows its recent good fortune at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where it won best cast ensemble (which some Oscarologists believe is a harbinger of the Oscars' eventual best-picture champ) and best pic from the Producers Guild of America. Over the last 50 years, the movie that has won the DGA award has gone on to win the top Academy Award 40 times. Curiously, the DGA Award agrees more often with the best picture category at the Oscars than the academy's own slot for best director, which usually lines up with best picture.
Despite a distinguished career in both feature films and TV, Danny Boyle had never previously been nominated for a DGA award in either medium.
"Slumdog Millionaire" competed tonight against these four rivals: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (David Fincher), "The Dark Knight" (Christopher Nolan), "Frost/Nixon" (Ron Howard) and "Milk" (Gus Van Sant).
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