Danny Boyle won the Directors Guild Of America's top prize for Slumdog Millionaire at the weekend [Jan 31], further bolstering the film's prospects for top Oscars come February 22.

Boyle in particular looks a strong bet to claim the best director Oscar at the 81st Annual Academy Awards - in the past 61 years only six winners of the DGA award have not gone on to win the directing Oscar.

The documentary directing award went to Ari Folman for his Israeli foreign language Oscar nominee Waltz With Bashir.

The other feature nominees were David Fincher for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight, Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon and Gus Van Sant for Milk.