Birdman director swoops for award
Birdman has made it an awards ceremony hat-trick.
After taking top honours from the acting and producing guilds, the film about a washed-up Hollywood actor played by Michael Keaton won the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards.
Birdman writer-director Alejandro Inarritu was honored at the Los Angeles ceremony with the prize for outstanding directional achievement for a feature film, giving him and possibly Birdman an edge ahead of the Academy Awards.
The guild dispenses awards to directors in TV and movie categories in what is customarily a final calling for the film that goes on to win the best director trophy and possibly best picture at the Oscars.
Other winners included Jill Soloway for the TV comedy Transparent and Laura Poitras for the documentary Citizenfour.