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Roma director Alfonso Cuaron cements status as Oscar favourite with win at Director's Guild Of America Awards

Alfonso Cuaron has cemented his status as favourite ahead of the Oscars with a win at the Director's Guild Of America Awards.

The Mexican filmmaker took home the biggest prize of the night for his black-and-white, Spanish-language epic Roma, adding to the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards he has already won for the movie.

The DGAs are seen as a reliable barometer ahead of the Oscars, at which Cuaron is nominated for best director and Roma is up for best picture.

Cuaron won the outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film at the DGA Awards in Los Angeles ahead of Bradley Cooper, who was nominated for A Star Is Born, Peter Farrelly for Green Book, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman and Adam McKay for Vice.

Accepting the prize, Cuaron praised the DGA "not only for honouring us tonight but for their continuous efforts to honour diversity.

"It's an a amazing job that the DGA is doing.

"They are challenging the problem by being part of the solution."

Host Aisha Tyler attacked Hollywood's 'scumbags' as she opened the awards. Credit: AP

The show opened with host Aisha Tyler taking aim at Hollywood's "scumbags", in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal that shook the entertainment industry following Harvey Weinstein's downfall.

The DGA Awards, now in their 71st year, celebrate the best work from directors in television and film.

The DGAs are a reliable indicator ahead of the Academy Awards and are a useful barometer for both best director and best picture.

Last year's big winner from the DGAs, Guillermo del Toro, won the best director Oscar while his film, The Shape Of Water, won best picture.

In total, the Academy and the Guild have differed 16 times on the year's best film, most recently 2016 when the DGA for outstanding directorial achievement in film went to La La Land while the Oscar was awarded to Moonlight.

Bradley Cooper received a surprise snub in the first-time director category. Credit: AP

Who won what in the awards?

  • Outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film - Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in dramatic series - Adam McKay (Succession, Celebration)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in first-time feature film - Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in comedy series - Bill Hader (Barry, Chapter One: Make Your Mark)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in movies for television and limited series - Ben Stiller (Escape At Dannemora)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in documentary - Tim Wardle (Three Identical Strangers)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in children's programmes - Jack Jameson (Sesame Street, When You Wish Upon A Pickle: A Sesame Street Special)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in reality programmes - Russell Norman (The Final Table, Japan)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in variety/talk/news/sports, special - Louis J Horvitz (60th Grammy Awards)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in variety/talk/news/sports, regularly scheduled programming - Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live, Adam Driver; Kanye West)
  • Outstanding directorial achievement in commercials - Spike Jonze (Welcome Home, Apple Homepod)