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2016 Directors Guild Of America Nominations Announced

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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.

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As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army. Matthew McConaughey plays farmer turned rogue confederate soldier Newt Knight. He’s joined in the film by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell. Gary Ross who’s directed Pleasantville, Seabiscuit and The Hunger Games helms the film.

Free State of Jones Movie Trailer

Written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

Free State of Jones heads to battle on May 13. Check out the first trailer below.

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Heading into the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, Carol lead the pack with five nominations. Sadly, the 50s-set lesbian love story walked away empty-handed, failing to win in any of the categories it was nominated for. The Big Short was also shut out, not able to convert any of its four nods into wins.

The news was quite different for The Revenant. The grizzly drama won three of the four awards it was up for including Best Picture Drama and Best Actor for Leonardo Dicaprio. The Martian also did quite well, taking home two statues.

Over on the television front, Mr. Robot was the sole multiple winner with two- Best Television Series Drama and Best Supporting Performance in a Series for Christian Slater. Lady Gaga beat out Kirsten Dunst for Best Performance in a Miniseries. Check out all the winners below.

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Watch Pixar Films Pay Tribute To Classic Films

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Directors often pay tribute to classic films by recreating memorable scenes for their own movie. After watching this amazing montage clip by Jorge Luengo Ruiz, Pixar does it quite a lot.

Ruiz meticulously sifts through the studio’s vault and pulls out scenes that pay homage to classic films from Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and more. He’s clearly a huge movie buff. This must’ve taken hours to compile and edit. Check out the clip below.

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Throughout this awards season, Carol has been a major player, racking up countless nominations along the way. The lesbian period piece continues its dominance across the pond over at the BAFTAs. It grabbed nine total nods including Best Film, Best Director and acting mentions for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, who’s been coming on strong lately, tied Carol with nine nominations as well. Nipping at both their heels is Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant with eight noms including Best Film and Best Actor for Leonardo Dicaprio.

George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road which has been surprising this awards season earned seven nominations but got snubbed for Best Film and Best Director. Star Wars also suffered a similar fate with four nods but all in the technical categories.

Alicia Vikander duplicated her feat at the Golden Globes here as well. She snatched a Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nom for The Danish Girl and Ex Machina respectively. Check out all the 2016 BAFTA Award nominees below.

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Dang!!! Who knew Loki was hiding all that underneath his costume. Is everyone on Asgard cut like a mofo?

High-Rise is an upcoming British Film that follows residents living in a high-rise building whose lives begin to run out of control. It’s based on the 1975 novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard. Tom Hiddleston headlines a cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Luke Evans and Sienna Miller.

It first premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. High-Rise doesn’t yet have a US release date but it is scheduled to open on March 18, 2016 in the UK. Check out the trailer below.

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In the current issue of W Magazine, it’s all about the movies. The publication puts the spotlight on the stars who wowed us the past year on the silver screen in their Best Performances edition. Alicia Vikander, Brie Larson, Carey Mulligan, Eddie Redmayne, Rooney Mara, Kristen Wiig, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Mya Taylor, Jane Fonda, Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Schumer, Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are just a few of those featured in the issue.

In addition to posing for some stunning pics, the aforementioned celebs reveal their favorite movie sex scenes. While some went with expected choices including Body Heat and Unfaithful, others went the comedic route. Team America anyone? Not one, but two stars chose it. I’m sure you can guess whom among the list above chose that satirical film. Watch the clips below.

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Ever wonder what chain of events led to Cruella de Vil’s obsession to turn dalmatians into fur coats? Wonder no more. Disney is developing an origin story centering around the fashionable villain. Much like what the studio did with Sleeping Beauty‘s Maleficent, people will discover how the iconic character came to be.

The 101 Dalmatians spin-off has no director as of yet, but Freaky Friday’s Andrew Gunn is set to produce. Glenn Close brought the animated character to life in the live-action 1996 hit film. Find out below which fiery actress is being eyed to portray Cruella this time around.

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