Directors Guild of America drops last Oscar puzzle pieces
Another key Academy Awards clue arrived Tuesday when the Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced its nominations.
Finalists for the top prize of best director of a motion picture are Golden Globe winner Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant), Ridley Scott (The Martian), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Clearly the directors guild's balloting is a vital clue in predicting two major Academy Award races.
The DGA winner for best director soon added the Oscar to his or her mantle 60 times over the guild's 67-year history. The movies directed by DGA honorees won the best picture Oscar 52 times during that span.
Yet the decisions of other three industry guilds - for actors, writers and producers - are also part of the equation. Counting the DGA nominations, only two movies are finalists in all four Hollywood guilds: Spotlight and The Big Short.
The Martian and Straight Outta Compton made the final cuts on three guilds' ballots, while The Revenant, Bridge of Spies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Sicario and Trumbo are each nominated by two.
This year's DGA awards will be presented on Feb. 6, more than two weeks before the deadline for final Oscar ballots. The Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 28.