'Waltz With Bashir' gets another top prize

Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir won the documentary award from the Directors Guild of America.

Waltz with Bashir nice 88 248 (photo credit: AP)
Waltz with Bashir nice 88 248
(photo credit: AP)
Slumdog Millionaire continued its rags-to-riches march through Hollywood's awards season as its filmmaker, Danny Boyle, won the top honor Saturday from the Directors Guild of America. The win puts Boyle on the inside track for the same prize at the Academy Awards on February 22, since the guild recipient almost always goes on to win the directing Oscar. Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir, which has already won a Golden Globe and best picture from the National Society of Film Critics, won the documentary award. The film, which is nominated in the foreign-language category at the Academy Awards, is director Folman's animated study of an Israeli soldier struggling to recall suppressed memories of his involvement in the war with Lebanon. The Office won the top honor for television comedy, The Wire took the award for TV drama and Recount won for TV movie. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert was honored with an honorary life membership in the guild. Michael Apted, the guild's president, noted that Ebert no longer can speak because of complications from thyroid cancer, but he told Ebert, "We're happy that it didn't stop you from writing about our work."