Alfonso Cuaron wins Directors Guild award for 'Roma'

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LOS ANGELES -- Roma director Alfonso Cuaron has won the top honour from the Directors Guild of America and solidified his spot as the Oscar front-runner.

Cuaron won out over Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Peter Farrelly for Green Book and Adam McKay for Vice at the 71st DGA Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Since 1948, there has been only seven times that the DGA winner did not take the Academy Award for directing.

It's the second DGA Award for Cuaron, who won for Gravity in 2013, and the second foreign-language winner, after Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

McKay did win a prize for his HBO show Succession, and Eighth Grade director Bo Burnham received the first-time feature award.