James Marsh triumphed in the Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Film category at the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards, held this weekend in Los Angeles.
Marsh won for his documentary Project Nim, which details the life of a chimpanzee taught to communicate through sign language. Marsh beat off strong competition from the likes of Steve James (The Interrupters), Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory), Richard Press (Bill Cunningham New York), and Martin Scorsese, for his George Harrison film Living in the Material World.
Meanwhile, the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film went to Michael Hazanavicius, director of The Artist. Hazanavicius was presented the award by last year’s winner Tom Hooper, who won with The King’s Speech.
For a full list of winners, click here.