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Oscar upheaval: After DGA win, 'The Revenant' challenges frontrunners 'Spotlight' and 'The Big Short'

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The DGA has thrown the Oscar race into disarray by crowning "The Revenant" helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu as Best Director. He prevailed here last year for "Birdman," which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars and also won Inarritu awards for helming and writing. But unlike "Birdman," which had also claimed the top award from both the producers and screen actors guilds, "The Revenant" has only racked up a win at the Golden Globes till now.  -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions the pref »

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Directors Guild Awards predictions: Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby) tops all Experts with best score'

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Congratulations to Gold Derby's very own founder Tom O'Neil for having the top score of 63% predicting the 2016 Directors Guild Awards winners on Saturday. In fact, he was the only pundit to correctly pick Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") over the frontrunner George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road") for the top prize of Best Film Director. O'Neil correctly picked "Game of Thrones" (drama series), "Bessie" (tv movie), "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary" (variety special), and Alex Garland for "Ex Machina" (First-Time Film Director). Related: Complete list of 2016 DGA Awards winners and nominees -Break- For the other 13 Experts predicting DGA winners, second place is a tie between Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), and Tariq Khan (Fox News) with 50% right. Up next are six people with 38% accuracy: Pete Hammond (Deadline), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Nicole Spe...' »

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Directors Guild Awards prediction scores: Best performances by our Experts, Editors and Users

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Congratulations to Gatorfan for a terrific 87.5% accuracy in predicting the 2016 DGA Awards winners on Saturday. He actually tied with one other User -- ObstinateJulia -- but had the better point total of 8,882 by using his 500 and 200 point bets wisely. Over 1,000 people worldwide predicted the winners in eight categories. Our top scorer got seven of the eight categories correct, only missing out on Best Variety Series Directing. He chose "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" over winner "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." That means he also predicted surprise winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") over favorite George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road") for Best Film Director. Related: Complete list of 2016 DGA Awards winners and nominees -Break- You can see how your score compares to his in our leaderboard rankings of all contestants, which also includes links to see each participant's predictions. Or you can find ...' »

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

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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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Annie Awards 2016: 'Inside Out' wins 10 including Best Animated Feature, 'The Revenant' bear wins

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No surprise that the Oscar frontrunner "Inside Out" won a leading 10 trophies including Best Animated Feature at the 43rd Annie Awards on Saturday, February 6. After all, this Pixar film had a whopping 14 bids leading into the ceremony. Also of note, "The Revenant" won Best Live Action Character Animation for "Judy" -- otherwise known as the bear that mauls Leonardo DiCaprio and leaves him for dead. (Click here for the complete list of winners.) -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions In fact, "Inside Out" dominated so much that three of its rival Animated Feature nominees went home empty-handed: "Anomalisa," "Shaun the Sheep Movie" and "The Peanuts Movie." The only other top nominee to win was fellow Pixar film "The Good Dinosaur," which prevailed for Best Animated Effects. Besides Best Animated Feature, »

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Directors Guild Awards exclusive: Watch 8 DGA red carpet interviews with nominees

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Gold Derby was on the red carpet at Saturday's Directors Guild Awards as top film and TV nominees and winners did interviews. We have eight exclusive chats with such people as directors Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), and Laszlo Nemes ("Son of Saul") plus presenters Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") and Kathy Griffin. -Break- Related: Complete list of 2016 Directors Guild winners and nominees Click each gold link to watch the fun chats: Jon Favreau, director of "Iron Man" and awards presenter Lesli Linka Glatter, director of "Homeland" Kathy Griffin, comedienne and awards presenter Marielle Heller, director of "Diary of a Teenage Girl" Tom McCarthy, director and writer of "Spotlight" Adam McKay, director and writer of "The Big Short" Laszlo Nemes, director of "Son of Saul" Dee Rees, director of "Bessie" ...' »

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Annie Awards 2016: Complete list of winners (and nominees)

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Winners of the 43rd Annie Awards were revealed during a ceremony on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. (See our report on the winners here.) -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Production Categories Best Animated Feature "Anomalisa" - Paramount Pictures X -- "Inside Out" - Pixar Animation Studios "Shaun the Sheep The Movie" - Aardman Animations "The Good Dinosaur" - Pixar Animation Studios "The Peanuts Movie" - Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation Best Animated Special Production "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" - Warner Bros. Animation X -- "He Named Me Malala" - Parkes-MacDonald / Little Door "I Am A Witness" - Moonbot Studios "Kite" - Epic Games "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" - End of Movie, LLC "Niko and ..." »

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Directors Guild of America Awards 2016: Complete list of winners (and nominees)

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Winners of the 68th annual edition of the Directors Guild of America Awards were revealed on Saturday (Feb. 6) in a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles. This year, the DGA introduced a new award for first-time feature film directors, allowing non-guild members to contend (unlike the WGA). And a slew of famous names from in front of the camera reaped bids for their helming of various TV programs in 2015. Amy Schumer is nominated for directing herself in an episode of "Inside Amy Schumer" while Chris Rock reaped a bid for his oversight of her stand-up special "Live From the Apollo." And Oscar nominees Angela Bassett and Paul Haggis number among those contending for their helming of telefilms "Whitney" and "Show Me a Hero" respectively.  See the complete list of winners (and nominees) below. -Break- Refresh page for most up-to-date results Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ La. »

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NAACP Image Awards 2016: Complete list of winners

5 February 2016 6:00 PM, PST

Winners of the 47th NAACP Image Awards were announced Thursday, February 4 (non-televised categories) and Friday, February 5 (main ceremony on TV One hosted by Anthony Anderson) in various film and TV races. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Entertainer Of The Year X -- Michael B. Jordan Misty Copeland Pharrell Williams Shonda Rhimes Viola Davis Film  Best Film  "Beasts of No Nation" (Netflix) "Concussion" (Sony Pictures Entertainment) "Creed" (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) "Dope" (Open Road Films) X -- "Straight Outta Compton" (Universal Pictures) Best Actor Abraham AttahBeasts of No Nation (Netflix) Michael EalyThe Perfect Guy (Screen Gems) Chiwetel EjioforSecret in Their Eyes (Stx Entertainment) X -- Michael B. Jordan – Creed (Warner »

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'Outsiders': Will Wgn's Emmy luck continue with new David Morse drama?'

5 February 2016 4:09 PM, PST

Last year, WGN entered the big leagues by winning its first-ever Emmy Award (Best Main Title Design for "Manhattan"). Will their luck continue this year with the new David Morse drama "Outsiders"? Produced by Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, this rough-and-tumble drama series follows a clan of mountain men -- the Farrells -- who live on the outskirts of civilization and believe they are above the law. Morse plays Big Foster, the next in line to be the Farrells' king and who's in an unknowing war with the town deputy played by Thomas M. Wright. Among the supporting cast, Joe Anderson portrays Foster's cousin who left the clan when he was younger, Ryan Hurst is the son of Foster who's always loyal to his dad, and Kyle Gallner is a young clansman who becomes romantically interested with one of the girls in town. »

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Oscar split: George Miller to win, 'Mad Max' to lose?

5 February 2016 3:31 PM, PST

It used to be a brave – or foolish – thing for an Oscar prognosticator to pick separate winners for Best Picture and Best Director. Academy members, with rare exception, gave directors credit for the perceived quality of their movies by voting for both. When the awards were split, as they were when Steven Spielberg won Best Director while his movie “Saving Private Ryan” lost Best Picture to “Shakespeare in Love” or when  Ang Lee failed to parlay his directing Oscar for “Brokeback Mountain” to a Best Picture win, it seemed a minor scandal. The recent exceptions to the rule – Alfonso Cuaron winning Best Director for “Gravity” while Best Picture went to “12 Years a Slave” and “Argo” winning Best Picture after its director Ben Affleck was left off the directing ballot altogether – seem to have emboldened Oscar handicappers to think of this year’s ballots for director and p »

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Adam McKay ('The Big Short') dishes Oscars and working with Brad Pitt as producer and actor (Video)

5 February 2016 12:45 PM, PST

"You never, ever think about awards,” declares writer/director Adam McKay as we chat via webcam (watch above) about his hot Oscar contender "The Big Short." He and Charles Randolph are the frontrunners to win Oscars for their adaptation of Michael Lewis' bestseller of the same name about the financial crisis that followed the housing market collapse in 2007. And McKay also contends for Best Director.  -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions He spoke candidly about the making of the movie, which won Best Picture at the Producers Guild of America last month and is a strong contender to do the same at the Oscars on Feb. 28. “We knew we had this amazing cast, we knew we had this titanic, important subject. Our goal was to get a conversation going. Our goal was to reignite the sort of bank reform dialogue in our country." He observes, »

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Oscar predictions: Getting Best Animated Short correct could be key to winning our contest

5 February 2016 11:30 AM, PST

There are three races in our annual Oscar predictions contest that can trip up even the most experienced award prognosticators: the three short film categories for Animated, Live-Action and Documentary. Until recently, these nominees were only made available to academy voters, leaving the rest of us to blindly guess the winners based on the titles alone. But now the nominees are screened together at arts cinemas nationwide. The Animated program contains additional “highly commended,” non-nominated shorts to fill out the running time to at least 90 minutes, while the Documentary and Live Action contenders, running anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes each, are shown in two separate programs. This year’s nominees for Best Animated Short Film are an eclectic lot, but based on past winners the field can be narrowed down. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions “Sanjay’s Super Team »

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DGA Awards cliffhanger: Could Ridley Scott ('The Martian') pull off upset?

5 February 2016 8:44 AM, PST

In what has already been a crazy Oscar season there is still potential for the race to get even wilder. At Saturday's Directors Guild of America Awards, Ridley Scott could well win for "The Martian." As of this writing, he sits in third place in our prediction center with the support of three of our Top 24 users (those two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year's DGA winners) and 10% of contest entrants. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions That support translates into odds of 8/1, far behind frontrunner George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road") who leads at 8/11 and last year's champ Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman") who has odds of 4/1 to repeat with "The Revenant." The other contenders are Adam McKay ("The Big Short") at 11/1 and Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight") at 50/1.  However, be mindful that Scott...' »

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Oscar prediction All-Stars betting on 'The Big Short' for Best Picture & 'Mad Max: Fury Road' for Best Director

5 February 2016 6:06 AM, PST

When predicting the Oscars, you can consult the Top 24 Users, who got the best scores predicting last year's winners, but will they be just as savvy twice in a row? Well, now you can also consult the predictions of our Top 24 All-Stars, who have proven track records. Our All-Stars racked up the highest scores for their predictions from 2013 and 2014. They showed impressive consistency forecasting the winners of two Oscars that each had uncertain Best Picture outcomes -- "12 Years a Slave" vs. "Gravity" in 2013, "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood" in 2014. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions So what do they think about this year's race, which is arguably even closer than those last two nail-biters? Fourteen All-Stars are predicting a Best Picture victory for "The Big Short," while eight think top honors will go to "Spotlight." »

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Jeff Wells: 'Spotlight' has 'it' in the Oscar Best Picture race (podcast)

4 February 2016 6:11 PM, PST

To Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), Oscar punditry isn't about weighing stats or revisiting past kudos history. He's cinema's own Don Quixote, an idealist who's stunned and even a little bit offended if you dare to suggest that the Oscar race is more about politics and personalities than a noble quest to define the year's best films. That's what makes Jeff so much fun to chat with at this time of year. He gets emotionally invested. When he makes Oscar predictions, "I go with what I think the gods are telling me should happen and I just can't embrace statistical likelihoods," he says in our podcast chat (listen below) while referring to the kind of Oscar pundit clashes that Pete Hammond and I do.  "All of that is very entertaining. I love posting it. You and Pete are my favorites, but I can't embrace it. " So where does he think the »

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Watch Oscar experts Mike Hogan and Chris Rosen on crazy Best Picture race

4 February 2016 4:30 PM, PST

Here's proof of how befuddled and lost (and crazy) we Oscar pundits are right now. Watch Mike Hogan (Vanity Fair), Chris Rosen (Entertainment Weekly) and I squirm, fret, harrumph and giggle as we try to make bold Oscar and DGA predictions. But just when we talk ourselves into a seemingly sound pick, we talk ourselves out of it and fling our arms out in exasperation. Ha! But, hey, it's all fun to watch. Mike and Chris are veteran entertainers as pundits go. They team up together often to do their own Oscar podcast series ("Little Gold Men" - listen here) and I love joining them at Oscar derby time. They know the awards beat well. »

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'Spotlight' screenwriter Josh Singer on sharing Oscar nomination with Tom McCarthy (Exclusive Video)

4 February 2016 1:36 PM, PST

“I will say, as exciting as that was, I think just that whole morning was a great morning for the movie,” recalls screenwriter Josh Singer as we chat via webcam (watch above) about his Oscar nomination for penning the original screenplay of “Spotlight.” The film is the frontrunner to win Best Picture. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Singer, who co-wrote the script with director Tom McCarthy, expressed his pride in the film's strong showing. “I went to bed the night before thinking, ‘If we got five, that would be extraordinary,’ and we got six. I was just totally thrilled.” “Spotlight” details the efforts of reporters at the Boston Globe to expose the cover-up by the local Catholic Archdiocese of pedophile priests. The film celebrates the journalists as heroes, while turning a sad eye to the growing disappearance o...' »

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Oscar predictions: Top 24 User Riley Chow notes 'Spotlight,' 'Mad Max,' 'The Revenant' missed key bids

4 February 2016 1:10 PM, PST

Our reader and contributer Riley Chow (screen name thedemonhog) did so well at predicting last year's Oscars -- 3rd place out of more than 3,200 predictors -- that he's now showcased in a league along with the other Top 24 Users to forecast this year's winners. He had an accuracy rate of 91.67% and 24,432 points last year, missing only two categories: Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. This year, Chow says that "The Big Short" will be the eventual Best Picture winner because the other apparent frontrunners all missed out on key bids from Oscar precursors. Is he right? Below, see his explanations for his savvy Oscar predictions and resist the urge to copy or steal them as your own. (Click here to see his current Oscar rankings in all 24 races.) -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions "People keep saying that each Best Picture contender has »

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Is 'Hail, Caesar!' from Joel and Ethan Coen the first Oscar contender of 2016?

4 February 2016 12:23 PM, PST

Could four-time Oscar champs Joel and Ethan Coen be working their awards magic again? Their new comedy film "Hail, Caesar!" opens nationwide this weekend and could be a contender at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and other awards ceremonies almost a year away. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions The Coen brothers have assembled an all-star cast on screen and behind the scenes for the comedy film set in Hollywood's golden age of the 1950s. Previous Oscar nominee Josh Brolin ("Milk") stars as a studio fixer with plenty of problems to solve over one single day of production. Two-time Oscar winner George Clooney ("Syriana," "Argo") has a supporting role as the popular leading man of a religious epic being shot at the studio. The kidnapping of his character sets many of the plot developments into motion. Based on screentime, those men a...' »

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