CATEGORIES Movies, Oscars, Awards
Kathryn BigelowKathryn Bigelow may want to start writing her Oscar speech.

According to Variety, the 'Hurt Locker' helmer won top honors at the Directors Guild of America awards tonight, beating out a crowded field that included Quentin Tarantino ('Inglourious Basterds') and ex-husband James Cameron ('Avatar'). By doing so, she became the first female director in history to win the award.

This makes Bigelow the unquestionable frontrunner heading into this week's Oscar nominations, which will be revealed early Tuesday morning. Since 1948, the Oscar for Best Director has been awarded to the DGA recipient in all but six years.

Currently, she's on track to become the only the fourth female nominated in that category, after Lina Wertmüller ('Seven Beauties,' 1976), Jane Campion ('The Piano, 1993) and Sofia Coppola ('Lost in Translation,' 2003). Kathryn BigelowKathryn Bigelow may want to start writing her Oscar speech.

According to Variety, the 'Hurt Locker' helmer won top honors at the Directors Guild of America awards tonight, beating out a crowded field that included Quentin Tarantino ('Inglourious Basterds') and ex-husband James Cameron ('Avatar'). By doing so, she became the first female director in history to win the award.

This makes Bigelow the unquestionable frontrunner heading into this week's Oscar nominations, which will be revealed early Tuesday morning. Since 1948, the Oscar for Best Director has been awarded to the DGA recipient in all but six years.

Currently, she's on track to become the only the fourth female nominated in that category, after Lina Wertmüller ('Seven Beauties,' 1976), Jane Campion ('The Piano, 1993) and Sofia Coppola ('Lost in Translation,' 2003).

In the meantime, Bigelow's win tonight also moves 'The Hurt Locker' -- which was awarded best film by the Producers Guild of America last weekend -- further ahead in the race for Best Picture. In 61 years, the DGA has matched Oscar's top prize a whopping 48 times; and of the 14 films to win both the PGA and DGA since 1990, 11 went on to win Best Picture.

Other major winners below:

Best Documentary: 'The Cove'
Best TV Drama Series: 'Mad Men'
Best TV Comedy Series: 'Modern Family'
Best TV Movie: 'Taking Chance'
Best Reality TV: 'Build It Bigger'
Best Musical/Variety Event: 'We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial'