Alfonso Cuaron and Jehane Noujaim win the DGA awards

Alfonso Cuaron with last year’s winner Ben Affleck

As widely predicted, Alfonso Cuaron snapped the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards last night for the space odyssey, Gravity, cementing his position as the leading front runner in the Oscar race in the best director category. A couple of weeks ago, he won the Golden Globe award in the same category.

Egyption director, Jehane Noujaim, made history for being the first Egyptian to win the best documentary director DGA award for The Square, which explores the recent revolution in Egypt. The Square is the first Egyptian film to be nominated for an Oscar.

Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh continued to collect trophies for his TV movie, Behind the Candelabra, winning the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a TV Movie or Miniseries award. The HBO film has already won the Emmys and the Golden Globes, but this was Soderbergh’s first DGA win.

TV hit series, Breaking Bad, was also honoured for the first time by the DGA. Its creator Vince Gilligan won the award for directing the series finale, Felina. Meanwhile, Beth McCarthy-Miller took the DGA honour for the last episode of 30 Rock.

The DGA awards ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Century City and was hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch.

Ted laughs all the way to the top of US box office

Ted laughs all the way to the top of US box office

Ted laughs all the way to the top of US box office

Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated comedy Ted bowed to a massive $54 million, cementing its No 1 position at the US box office over the weekend.

 

Starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, Ted tells the story of a teddy bear, Ted, who turned from an inanimate cuddly toy into a foul-mouth, drug-taking, obnoxious one. The film hasn’t yet opened overseas, except in Australia where it made an impressive $4.5 million.

 

Another R-rated dramedy about male strippers, Magic Mike, debuted in the second spot with a better-than-expected earning of a whopping $39.2 million.

 

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film is inspired by actor Channing Tatum’s early career as a performing male stripper in Florida clubs. Tatum stars in the movie, alongside Matthew McConaunghey, and British actor Alex Pettyfer.

 

Last week’s champion, Pixar’s The Brave dropped to the third place with $34 million. The animated pic has also earned $6.7 million overseas, putting its worldwide total at a pleasing $158.7 million.

 

Things were different overseas, because none of the US debuts has played there yet. Instead, Ice Age: Continental Drift opened the international box office with a staggering $78 million, easily taking no. 1 over the weekend.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man was not far behind in the second spot, drawing $50.2 million, with only a limited release. The Sony blockbuster opens in the US this week.

 

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted landed in the third spot with $16.2 million in its fourth round overseas, lifting its foreign gross to $244.2 million since opening on June 6.