Four of the previous six years…

“Chicago” razzle-dazzled two key film industry groups over the weekend, widening its Oscar lead with awards from the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.
The producers gave Martin Richards the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award at ceremonies last night in Los Angeles. The award has matched up with the Best Picture Oscar in four of its six previous years.
In an even more significant omen, “Chicago” director Rob Marshall pulled out an upset victory to capture the Directors Guild award late Saturday night.
The winner of the DGA award has gone on to win the Best Director Oscar all but five times in its 55-year-history.
First-time director Marshall took the honors over the heavily favored veteran Martin Scorsese, nominated for “Gangs of New York.”
The DGA field also included fugitive director Roman Polanski, whose Holocaust drama “The Pianist” seemed to be gaining momentum after he and the film won top awards in London and Paris last weekend.