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11 items from 2016


Alejandro G. Inarritu wins DGA Award for The Revenant, full list of winners here

7 February 2016 10:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For the second year in a row (and the first time they’ve ever handed out back-to-back awards), the Directors Guild of America has honoured Alejandro G. Inarritu with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, with Inarittu collecting Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant.

Inarritu won the DGA Award last year for Birdman, and went on to collect the Best Director award at the Oscars. Should he repeat the feat this year with The Revenant, he’d become only the third director in history to win back-to-back Best Director Academy Awards after John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz.

And, should The Revenant also win Best Picture, it would be the first time a director has ever won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.

Here’s the full list of winners from last night:

Feature Film

Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

Tom McCarthy »

- Gary Collinson

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DGA Awards: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ('The Revenant') makes history by winning two in a row

6 February 2016 11:28 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") made history at the Directors Guild Awards by becoming the first to win Best Film Director twice in a row (he also prevailed last year for "Birdman"). If he wins the Oscar next, he'll be the first since Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1949 and 1950 to win back-to-back Oscars. But does this result do anything to clarify the race for Best Picture? The top guilds have split, with "The Big Short" surprising to win the Producers Guild prize and "Spotlight" taking Best Ensemble from the Screen Actors Guild. The last time there was a three-way split of the guilds was 2013, and the top Oscar ultimately went to "12 Years a Slave," which had tied at the PGA with DGA winner "Gravity" while "American Hustle" prevailed at SAG. (Click here for the complete list of DGA winners.) -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions. »

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Alejandro G. Inarritu’s ‘Revenant’ DGA Win Keeps Oscar Guessing Game Going

6 February 2016 11:26 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The only thing Alejandro G. Inarritu really had going against him heading into this year’s Directors Guild of America awards ceremony was that he just won a year ago for “Birdman.” Apparently, that wasn’t enough.

The “Revenant” director became the first filmmaker to ever win back-to-back DGA honors for feature filmmaking Saturday night, and really, beyond the simple unlikely nature of that prospect, it’s difficult to call it a shock. After all, it’s not a hard sell to the guild’s 13,000 members that production on “The Revenant” was no walk in the park. That’s certainly been the overbearing linchpin of the film’s campaign these last several weeks, a narrative that is helping to propel Leonardo DiCaprio to his first Oscar. But moreover, voters in this group, they know very well what it takes to pull off a project like this. So they voted accordingly. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Oscars 2016: What Is Going on With the Best Director Race?

5 February 2016 3:15 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Predicting the Oscar winners this year is a little like predicting the winners of the early presidential caucuses and primaries -- that's how wide open the field is in some categories, particularly Best Director.

In the Oscar race, we had two important guild votes this week, from the actors and the editors, and the results made the Academy's contest a bit more clear. Will the DGA's vote this weekend help make sense of things? Maybe, depending on who wins.

The Screen Actors Guild awards last Saturday did help confirm some of the acting races. SAG winner Leonardo DiCaprio still has a lock on a Best Actor Oscar for "The Revenant," and Brie Larson is still far and away the Best Actress frontrunner for "Room." Alicia Vikander's SAG win for Supporting Actress for "The Danish Girl" puts her ahead of the pack; at this point, her only real competition is »

- Gary Susman

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The 5th Wave Inspires 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Make Crappy Films

23 January 2016 10:06 AM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Lately, if you feel unworthy because God has given you just too good a life...just too much joy... and your hair shirt is at the cleaners, you can do your penance by watching J Blakeson's The 5th Wave.

Yes, here's yet another dystopian teen mini-epic based on yet another acclaimed Ya title, this one by Rick Yancey. USA Today called the tome "a modern sci-fi masterpiece." Add Amazon Best Book of the Year to The 5th Wave's plaudits. Yet the screenplay it inspired, the one fashioned by Susannah (Erin Brockovich) Grant (Akiva I, Robot) Goldsman, and Jeff (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Pinkner, might best be described as The Ennui Games or first-class teen drivel.

The tales begins with Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz), a lone, adolescent lass crossing a deserted roadway with a rifle in hand. She heads into a ransacked grocery store searching for any source of protein. »

- Brandon Judell

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Joy for J. Law! An 87-Year-Old Nominee! All the Records that Could Be Broken at This Year's Oscars

14 January 2016 1:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The 2016 Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday, and along with some of the pleasant surprises - Leo! Brooklyn! Mad Max: Fury Road! - and heartbreaking snubs - Idris Elba! Ryan Coogler! Straight Outta Compton! - many of the lucky nominees entered the history books. And as if that weren't exciting enough, many other nominees are set to break major records if they win at this year's ceremony. So, let's break down the nominees, by the numbers: Most Acting Nominations Under 25 With her fourth Best Actress nomination for her work in Joy, Jennifer Lawrence has set a record for the »

- Julia Emmanuele, @julesemm

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Oscar nominations: 'The Revenant' leads with 12, followed by 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (10) and 'The Martian' (7)

14 January 2016 6:06 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the 88th annual Academy Awards, and "The Revenant" unexpectedly leads with a whopping 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy). (Click here for the complete list of nominations.) -Break- Inarritu won the directing prize last year for "Birdman," so if he wins again for "The Revenant," as he recently did at the Golden Globes, he will be the first to win back-to-back Oscars since Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1949 ("A Letter to Three Wives") and 1950 ("All About Eve"). His nominated cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, previously won for "Gravity" (2013) and "Birdman" (2014), so he may become the first in his field to win three in a row. Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions »

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Ridley Scott among the DGA award nominees

12 January 2016 10:35 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

We may just have our Oscar front-runners with the Directors Guild of America nominations.

Today we learned that the five directors nominated for the coveted DGA award are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu(The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Ridley Scott (The Martian), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Adam McKay (The Big Short).

In years past, the Oscar category for Best Director has very closely lined up with the DGA nominations, often being five for five. In a wide open Oscar race, hearing that these five films have been singled out makes us a bit more confident about our awards forecasting—though we’ll find out for sure who is in and who is out when Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday morning.

Inarritu won Best Director last year for his film Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). We’d be floored if the filmmaker somehow managed to win twice in a row, »

- Adriana Floridia

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Does Writing the Screenplay to Your Film Help Best Director Chances?

12 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

With a number of big Golden Globe wins last night, including best director and best dramatic picture for The Revenant, director Alejandro G. Inarritu finds himself once more in the thick of the Oscar hunt. The Mexican-born filmmaker won big last year with three Oscars for his avant garde drama Birdman, which scored him the best original screenplay, best director, and best picture awards.

This year, with the western revenge thriller The Revenant, Inarritu has once more directed a film that he wrote himself, this time adapting the screenplay from the novel by Michael Punke with co-writer Mark L. Smith.

Inarritu is not the only writer/director with films in the race this year, however, as a number of other contenders boast a director who also penned the film’s script. The original screenplay hopefuls include Spotlight (directed and written by Tom McCarthy with co-writer »

- Patrick Shanley

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith: ‘Maggie-nificent’ For 60 Years

3 January 2016 12:23 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Downton Abbey,” which begins its final season Sunday, is a PBS series that inspires the kind of fan loyalty usually reserved for “Star Wars” or “Walking Dead.” To some viewers, Maggie Smith was a big discovery as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, though they might have known her as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the “Harry Potter” films. Others may think of Smith as the mother of hunk Toby Stephens of the TV series “Black Sails.”

But true Smith fans know that the actress has been shining for nearly 60 years. Smith, who has won two Oscars and is a current Golden Globe contender for the film “The Lady in the Van,” has worked with names ranging from Paul Lynde to Laurence Olivier, also including such talents as Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Bette Davis, Michael CaineAlan Bennett, Merchant-Ivory, George Cukor and Joseph Mankiewicz.

According to the Variety Archives, Smith made her American »

- Tim Gray

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith: ‘Maggie-nificent’ For 60 Years

3 January 2016 12:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Downton Abbey,” which begins its final season Sunday, is a PBS series that inspires the kind of fan loyalty usually reserved for “Star Wars” or “Walking Dead.” To some viewers, Maggie Smith was a big discovery as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, though they might have known her as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the “Harry Potter” films. Others may think of Smith as the mother of hunk Toby Stephens of the TV series “Black Sails.”

But true Smith fans know that the actress has been shining for nearly 60 years. Smith, who has won two Oscars and is a current Golden Globe contender for the film “The Lady in the Van,” has worked with names ranging from Paul Lynde to Laurence Olivier, also including such talents as Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Bette Davis, Michael CaineAlan Bennett, Merchant-Ivory, George Cukor and Joseph Mankiewicz.

According to the Variety Archives, Smith made her American »

- Tim Gray

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