Like virtually every other awards panel this winter, the Directors Guild of America yesterday named Ang Lee best director for Brokeback Mountain, his obscure film about gay cowboys (who yes, we know, aren't technically cowboys). As Erik pointed out when he revealed the nominees for the award, the Academy and the DGA almost always agree on this category: in the 57 years both awards have been handed out, on only six occasions have their honorees differed. This announcement, then, is sad news for Lee's fellow nominees, Bennett Miller, Paul Haggis, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg, the one surprise in the bunch.

Interestingly, one of the six exceptions to the DGA-Oscars rule involved Lee: in 2001, the DGA honored him for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but the Academy preferred Traffic, and named Steven Soderbergh their best director.