Alfonso Cuarón Was the Only POC to Win a Directors Guild of America Award

By Sameer Rao Feb 04, 2019

Last month the Directors Guild of America (DGA) nominated numerous people of color for 2018 DGA Awards. The (overwhelmingly male) contenders of color included buzzy names such as Barry Jenkins, Spike Lee, Boots Riley, Ryan Coogler, Donald Glover and Hiro Murai and lesser-known folks including Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin and Carlos López Estrada. But out of 11 major categories, only one person of color took home an award during Saturday’s (February 2) ceremony: Alfonso Cuarón, who won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for "Roma." 

The other 10 winners of major awards were White men. All four lifetime achievement and service awards went to White people. Even the DGA Diversity Award that went to FX Networks was accepted by CEO John Landgraf, a White man.

This begs the question: should #DGAsSoWhite be a thing next time around?