Kathryn Bigelow Scoops DGA Prize

Hurt Locker helmer is directors' choice

To the well-deserved cheers of her colleagues, The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow hefted the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Effort In Feature Film this weekend, calling it "the most incredible moment of my life."

It's also incredible for the guild itself, since Bigelow is the first woman to win the award, which has been a reliable pointer to the Best Director Oscar for years (how reliable? since the DGA started the awards in 1948, only six people have failed to score both gongs).

Which gives Bigelow and the film she made a little more momentum come Academy Awards night, and James Cameron's Avatar a little more competition.

In other DGA news, Louie Psihoyos won the documentary prize for his heart-rending and heroic film about the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, The Cove.

And in the TV categories, Mad Men scooped the Dramatic Series prize while sitcom Modern Family finally picked up an award after losing to the likes of Glee in other competitions.

For a full list of winners (you know you want to find out), check out the official DGA page.