Joel and Ethan Coen boosted their chances of Academy Awards glory next month after they won the Directors Guild Of America (DGA) award for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film 2007 for No Country For Old Men.

The DGA honour is a very strong indicator of Oscar success - all but six times since tDGA winners have gone on to claim the Oscar since the DGA started handing out awards in 1948 - and provided plenty of cheer for the brothers during the 60th Annual DGA Awards Dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Asger Leth won top documentary honours for Ghosts Of Cite Soleil. Honorary awards went to DGA national executive director Jay D Roth, Liz Ryan and Barbara J Roche.