Carl Reiner was back in his usual form in hosting Saturday’s DGA Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, a year after food poisoning forced him to bail out at the last minute after emceeing for 21 straight years.
He started by commanding Jon Cryer — the first presenter and last year’s replacement as host — to sing “Jingle Bell Rock” to show that there would be entertainment should Reiner falter.
Precious director Lee Daniels got multiple laughs, telling the audience that a relative had just texted him asking him if “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow had won yet.
Brad Pitt, who introduced Quentin Tarantino, told the crowd how the director’s name has infused the language of cinema, such as when violent scenes are filmed — “We went the full Tarantino today.”
Tarantino took the stage with his trademark enthusiasm and rapid-fire delivery, singling out such directors as Martha Coolidge for “Valley Girl” and Bigelow for “Near Dark” — noting that he went home, wrote “Kathryn Bigelow, Queen of Directors” on a piece of paper and put it on his wall.