When it comes to predicting how the Academy will pick Best Director, the Directors Guild of America have a strong track record. In the past 10 years, they have a success rate of 90 percent. These five nominees should feel good about their chances their name will be read out loud later this week when the Oscar nominations are announced.
Hoping for a back-to-back win is Alejandro G. Inarritu. He won last year for Birdman and could do the same this year for The Revenant. He’ll be competing against Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Ridley Scott (The Martian).
Notably absent from the list are Todd Haynes and Steven Spielberg for Carol and Bridge of Spies respectively. All hope is not lost for both as there’s usually at least one or two differences between the DGAs and Oscar noms.
For the first time ever, the DGAs acknowledged first-time directors. Find out the category’s inaugural nominees below.
2016 Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director
- 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
2016 Outstanding Directorial Achievement In A Feature Film
- Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant
- Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
- Adam McKay – The Big Short
- George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
- Ridley Scott – The Martian