Alejandro G. Inarritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, George Miller, Ridley Scott Land DGA Nominations

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The guild also institutes a new category for first-time feature directors.

The Directors Guild of America kept strong guild streaks alive for “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” Tuesday with nominations for filmmakers George Miller and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, respectively.

The two joined Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) and Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) in the feature film category.

Historically, the DGA’s film nominations — decided upon by a vast body of more than 16,000 members — are a solid barometer for the best director and particularly best picture categories at the Oscars. Recent DGA-nominated directors who failed to score a nomination from the Academy’s directors branch include Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper”), Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”) and, notoriously, Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”).

Recent films nominated by the DGA that failed to net a best picture Oscar nomination include “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “Into the Wild.”

This marks Inarritu’s third DGA nomination to date. He won for “Birdman” last year, was nominated for 2005’s “Babel” and also won the commercials prize for a 2012 Procter and Gamble ad.

Scott has also been nominated three times, for 1991’s “Thelma & Louise,” 2000’s “Gladiator” and 2001’s “Black Hawk Down.” He was Oscar-nominated on each occasion.

This is the first DGA nomination for McCarthy, McKay and Miller.

The guild also instituted a new category, outstanding directorial achievement for a first-time feature film director. Eligible directors for this award must have released his or her first feature-length film theatrically in Los Angeles or New York in 2015.  Foreign films are eligible and the director does not need to be a DGA member.

The nominees are:

Fernando Coimbra, “A Wolf at the Door”
Joel Edgerton, “The Gift”
Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
Marielle Heller, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Laszlo Nemes, “Son of Saul”

And once again, this year’s DGA nominees for theatrical motion pictures:

Alejandro G, Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Adam McKay, “The Big Short”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

Television, commercial and documentary nominees will be announced tomorrow. Winners will be revealed at the 68th annual DGA Awards on Feb. 6.

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  1. stu freeman says:

    No mention of Todd Haynes (“Carol”). That’s a disgrace. Is the DGA homophobic?

    • Considering Lee Daniels got a nod a few years back and “Brokeback Mountain” won, I’m gonna guess no. But then I don’t know how you make broad, sweeping declarations about a 16,000-member organization as if it’s monolithic.

    • KWK says:

      Compared to the director’s FAR FROM HEAVEN, CAROL is a dull affair, indeed. And BTW, I believe the Guild awarded BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN 10 years ago. Don’t buy the homophobia attack.

  2. A crippling blow to the most popular film of all time. Guess the jealousy of TFA’s (and JJ Abrams’ successful job) was just too much for the PGA and DGA to stomach. Yes, JEALOUSY rears its unpleasant head here. Shameful, DGA. Horse-s lineup. Thank goodness for the Saturns and the MTV Movie Awards (who really need to rebrand, calling themselves the American Film Awards (?)) to clean up this poop-filled mess the PGA and DGA have wrought. Thing is, they shouldn’t HAVE to. PGA, DGA and AMPAS needed to see the light and discover in 2015, there was one film to rule them all – TFA.

    THEIR LOSS, then.

  3. Tender Puppy! says:

    I still wouldn’t rule out Haynes sneaking in there either, given his support elsewhere this season and the respect and admiration of Carol. The past 3 years indicate it’s possible for one DGA nominee to be replaced by the directors’ branch of the Academy, and Haynes seems due for attention. Then again, it could be Spielberg instead! Either way, my instinct would be that McKay would be replaced.

    However, there’s zeitgeist behind The Big Short, so if not him, I hope it’s not at the expense of Miller. Wouldn’t balk if McCarthy was snubbed, however. It’s the acting and writing that deserves lauding, imo.

  4. JimG. says:

    So of the 5 films nominated only The Big Short and Spotlight were singled out by the 4 major guilds (PGA, DGA, SAG Ensemble, WGA). The other 3 missed SAG noms and only The Martian was WGA nommed (MMFR was ineligible and The Revenant was snubbed). And yet TBS, SL, and MMFR were shut out at the HFPAs, The Revenant and The Martian won big. And MMFR was snubbed for Director at the BAFTAs as well as Picture where The Martian was also snubbed. This has been one crazy season: I was honestly expected Innaritu to be snubbed by the DGAs- every announcement has brought some need to reconsider the positioning of films and people. The DGAs may have been the first completely expected set of nominations (unless Haynes’s exclusion somehow surprised).

  5. Helgi Jónsson says:

    Movies made for awards have no meaning. All this emphasis on nominees and awards is pretty pathetic. It´s killing movies no less than the bloody blockbuster-superhero-movies. If a director does not get nominated the movie is deemed a failure. If an actor / actress does not get nominated the movie has gone down the drain, and so on. Get a grip on yourselves. Make movies without the expectation of a standing ovation on a stage with all the flashbulbs in the world.

    • leewhys says:

      Variety does stand for more than awards but Kris’s question was “Why are you perusing *an awards section* of a trade site …?” Just don’t go through such articles if all you wanna do is vent and be negative.

    • Why are you perusing an awards section of a trade site if you have such strong anti-awards feelings? I imagine there are things out there that will make you happier.

      • Helgi Jónsson says:

        Variety stands for more than awards I hope. It´s not about the endless wanna-bes. – I´d be much happier if better movies would be awarded: A Clockwork Orange instead of The French Connection in 1971. Taxi Driver instead of Rocky in 1976. The list is so long. Might bring to your attention that neither Alfred Hitchcock nor Stanley Kubrick got an award you would probably call an Oscar. (By the way, I´m not born in 1920. Early sixties).

      • Variety stands for much more than awards, indeed. Countless sections you can thumb through with multiple angles on the entertainment industry. You just happen to be standing in the middle of the section you like least, complaining about it. And you don’t need to bring anything to my attention regarding the Oscars. I’m well-versed in the history. Stick around, read a little more and you’ll hopefully discover that none of it is taken so seriously as to warrant your fretful grandstanding.

  6. crossie says:

    Whoah, “Carol” has kind of crashed and burned with the no PGA or DGA; basically, that BAFTA nod is the only good news its had in a while.

    • Edwin says:

      Recent Best Picture nominees that weren’t nominated by either the PGA or the DGA:

      Selma (2014)
      Philomena (2013)
      Amour (2012)
      Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
      The Tree of Life (2011)
      Winter’s Bone (2010)
      The Blind Side (2009)
      A Serious Man (2009)

      In every year since the category expanded past five nominees, there has been at least one movie that has gotten in despite lack of PGA and DGA support. Not only is there precedence for Carol to be nominated, but statistically, there will likely be a nominee that wasn’t among the PGA or DGA choices, and Carol is the likeliest option for that slot.

      • crossie says:

        Oh, it’s still in my predictions. “Crash and burn” is a bit strong, though it hasn’t exactly finished phase 1 strong.

  7. steve barr says:

    Speaking of The Revenant and Son of Saul how many people know that both of them are stories that have already been told 1971’s Man in the Wilderness and 2001’s The Grey Zone .

  8. Jeremy B. says:

    Between this and the PGA list, I’m officially freaking out about Carol not landing a Best Picture nomination.

    Also, this likely puts some wind back in Spotlight‘s sails, following its dud at the Golden Globes.

    • Edwin says:

      I think the DGA solidified the top 5 contenders, but that certainly doesn’t mean Carol can’t still make it in. After the 5 DGA-nominated films, I’d say Room and Bridge of Spies are next in line, and then Carol is probably in 8th place at the moment. And when you consider that since the current Best Picture rules have been in place, no year has given us less than 8 nominees, I think Carol still looks okay. Definitely not a lock, but looking good, I think.

      I’m more curious about what the nominees might be if there are more than 8. Brooklyn? Straight Outta Compton? What’s in 9th place right now?

      • Jeremy B. says:

        I think Brooklyn is ahead of both Carol and Room right now, given its PGA nod. I also think Sicario has a decent chance, though it may be too intense for the Academy (I know The Revenant is also intense, but it’s more of a prestige play).

        Right now, I’d probably go:

        1. Spotlight
        2. The Revenant
        3. The Martian
        4. Mad Max: Fury Road
        5. The Big Short
        6. Bridge of Spies
        7. Brooklyn
        8. Carol
        9. Straight Outta Compton
        10. Sicario

        I could see the bottom four flipping in any order, and I could also see either 8 or 9 movies making the cut. We’ll find out soon enough.

  9. Lisa says:

    All men. What else is new?

    • Edwin says:

      Marielle Heller is nominated in the first feature category. In the main category, though, I’m not sure there was even a female director within reach of a nomination this year. Not saying it’s right, but I don’t see how it’s worth pointing out when literally nobody was predicting a woman to be nominated.

    • Gabe says:

      In this year of releases, who are your female nominees?

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