It still appears that the Oscar for Best Picture will be a three-way race between “American Hustle”, “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity”—but it also is almost a certainty that the Best Director prize for the Academy Award is all locked up. Alfonso Cuaron garnered the DGA award for “Gravity” this past weekend, which history has shown almost assures him the final director’s prize of the season come Sunday night, March 2nd. 58 out of 65 times the DGA recipient also took home the gold statuette, so it’s just about a done deal. I’m cool with that, because Cuaron’s direction of “Gravity”, also happened to be the standout of the category in my estimation too. For the record, Alfonso’s fellow nominees were Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips”, Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave”, David O. Russell for “American Hustle” and Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Each of those individual helmings contained some level of greatness, I concur. But handling the intricacies of a film like “Gravity” rightly placed Cuaron at the head of that pack—and I guess we’ll just have to let slide that there were finer directing duties performed in 2013 that weren’t recognized at all(namely that of Spike Jonze and the brothers Coen). But Cuaron is the top dog for the time being, and will most likely remain that way until Oscar night. So, hats off to him and his grand achievement…we have roughly five weeks to go until the Big Kahuna!