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Entertainment Weekly
Jan 12, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

The Directors Guild of America chose its top five directors of the year: Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant, Tom McCarthy for Spotlight, Adam McKay for The Big Short, George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road, and Ridley Scott for The Martian. Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies) and Todd Haynes (Carol) were among those left off the list.

The DGA Awards have a strong track record of anticipating how the Academy will vote in the Best Director category. In the past 10 years, they’ve predicted the Oscar winner 90 percent of the time, a success rate that drops only slightly to 80 percent when examining the past 20 years.

The nominations are a big deal for McCarthy, McKay, and Miller, who are all receiving their first nominations. Scott has been nominated three previous times for a DGA but has never won.

Iñárritu (above), last year’s winner for Birdman, nabbed his fourth nomination, including one for a commercial he did for Proctor & Gamble.

Last year, the DGA chose Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Iñárritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).

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Their nominees differed by only one with the Academy, which opted for Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) over Eastwood.

For the first tme, the DGA also recognized first-time filmmakers with a new award honoring their work. Those nominees include Fernando Coimbra (A Wolf at the Door), Joel Edgerton (The Gift), Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Laszlo Nemes (Son of Saul).

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Winners will be announced on Feb. 6.

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