First-time director Kevin Costner won the Directors Guild of America award for best director of 1990 Saturday night for his epic western, "Dances with Wolves."

Costner also starred in the film, a three-hour account of a U.S. cavalry officer living with American Indians. The film won him the Golden Globe award as best director earlier this month.In Saturday's competition, Costner beat out veteran director Francis Ford Coppola, who was nominated for the fifth time for "The Godfather, Part III." Also nominated were Barry Levinson for "Avalon," Martin Scorsese for "GoodFellas" and Giuseppe Tornatore for "Cinema Paradiso."

Other awards went to:

- James Burrows for best director of a comedy series for an NBC episode of "Cheers."

- Peter Smillie for best director of commercials.

- Jeff Margolis for directing the best musical variety show, the 62nd Academy Awards program that aired on ABC.

- Robert Fishman, for directing baseball's American League 1990 championship series fourth game for CBS Sports.

- Elena Mannes for best documentary for "Amazing Grace."

- Michael Zinberg for "Vietnam," an episode of ABC's "Quantum Leap," for best nighttime series.

- Lynn Hamrick for "Testing Dirty," an ABC Afterschool special, for best daytime dramatic series.

- Roger Young for NBC's "Murder in Mississippi," for best dramatic special.