Special Movie Report: ‘1917’ picks up big win from Directors Guild

Sam Mendes continued his great award season run Saturday, winning the Directors Guild of America award for Best Theatrical Feature Film.

Saturday’s win followed other directing honors from the Critics Choice, and the Golden Globes. His success so far sets himself up as a front runner for the Academy Award in directing.

Other winners from Saturday included Alma Har’el for Honey Boy in the First-Time Feature category, along with Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for “American Factory” in the Documentary category.

The Annie Awards, by the International Animated Film Association, also held its annual ceremony Saturday. Winning Best Animated Feature was “Klaus” from Netflix.

The film “Klaus” also won best character animation, while “Frozen II” won best animated effects.

“Klaus” also won best direction in an animated feature, story-boarding and production design. “Frozen II” picked up another win Saturday night with Josh Gad winning Best Voice Acting for his work as Olaf.


At the weekend box office, it was “Bad Boys For Life” once again taking the top spot with $34 million. “1917” also continued its good run with $15.8 million.

The full top five was:
1. Bad Boys For Life – $34,000,000
2. 1917 – $15,800,000
3. Dolittle – $12,500,000
4. The Gentlemen – $11,030,000
5. Jumanji: The Next Level – $7,900,000

For the upcoming weekend, releases include the horror “Gretel and Hansel” and the drama “The Rhythm Section.”

On the small screen, meanwhile, films available include:

  • Parasite, my rating: 4.75 out of 5 (2019 Top 10), Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.8 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 99%, MetaCritic rating: 96.
  • Harriet, my rating: 2.5 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 73%, MetaCritic rating: 66.
  • Terminator: Dark Fate, my rating:  3.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.24 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 70%, MetaCritic rating: 54.
  • Motherless Brooklyn, my rating: 3.5 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 62%, MetaCritic rating: 60.

Cover photo courtesy Reuters.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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