Sunday, February 7, 2016

Alejandro G. Innaritu wins DGA for second straight year

When was the last time we had a season as disparate and fractured as this one?

The Big Short wins the PGA, Spotlight takes the SAG, and then last night
The Revenant's Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu swiped the Directors Guild of America's top prize for the second consecutive year. It seems as though we've arrived at the point where all bets are off for Predicting the Best Picture Oscar. Which of these three will prevail?
Perhaps the DGA is more telling of its actual Oscar correlative category, Best Director. Only once in the last 12 years has the guild victor failed to win the Academy Award (Ben Affleck), and that was only because he was shockingly not nominated that year. Does this mean Inarritu is about the join the lofty ranks of John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz as the only directors ever to win back-to-back? Could be. The campaign's focus on the difficulty of The Revenant shoot certainly seems to have taken hold.

Elsewhere on the night, Alex Garland won the inaugural Best First Feature category for Ex Machina, and (in a slight surprise) Matthew Heineman bested Oscar frontrunner Asif Kapadia in the Feature Documentary category for his terrific work in Cartel Land. I'm quite pleased for both of these gentleman, especially since their chances of winning an Oscar in three weeks' time are slim.

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