Director Inarritu takes top DGA prize for 'The Revenant'

LOS ANGELES -- An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu's Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic "The Revenant.

See Full Article

" With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the race is still as wide open as ever.

Even the guilds are divided in their top awards. "Spotlight," the drama detailing the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sex abuses in the Catholic Church, won the Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble, while the financial crisis dramedy "The Big Short" picked up the Producers Guild Award.

The DGA win for "The Revenant" is not insignificant. Inarritu won last year for the showbiz sendup "Birdman," which went on to win the best picture and best director Oscar. In fact, only seven times in the history of the DGAs has a director who won the guild's top award not gone on to win the Academy Award.

The Mexican-born Inarritu was teary-eyed as he accepted the Directors Guild prize, which he characterized as "a hug from my peers."

"This hug, this embrace you are giving me today goes to a small country, to a whole Latin American community in this country," he said. "Your embrace makes me feel proud."

Both "Spotlight" director Tom McCarthy and "The Big Short" director Adam McKay were nominated for the DGA prize and will be competing for the best director Oscar too. Others in competition included George Miller for "Mad Max: Fury Road" and Ridley Scott for "The Martian." Scott is the only one of the bunch without a directing Oscar nomination.

Saturday's ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel also offered a telling look at who's working behind the camera in Hollywood amid the industry's ongoing discussion about diversity. The guild dispenses awards to directors in TV and movie categories, and this year many eyes were on the representation of both women and directors of colour.

While more women were nominated this year than ever before -- 14 of the 47 nominees -- only one took home an award. Dee Rees accepted the DGA prize in the television movie or miniseries category for HBO's "Bessie."

"There's a million reasons why I shouldn't be in this room, and there are a million more reasons why I shouldn't be on this stage," Rees said in her acceptance speech. "It all comes down to 10 or 15 people (who are) the reason why I am in this room and the reason why I am on this stage."

Eleven awards were presented to recognize outstanding directing in various formats, from commercials and live TV shows to drama series and feature films. Nine were claimed by white men.

Filmmaker Marielle Heller, who was nominated for achievement by a first-time feature filmmaker for "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," noted that she was the only woman among the guild's feature-film nominees.

"That feels like a lot of responsibility," she said. "I'm hoping that next year we'll be at least half of that list, and then by the next year, there shouldn't be any men on that list, right?"

Heller lost to "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland.

Jane Lynch hosted the four-hour, untelevised dinner program, where stars such as Lily Tomlin, Bryan Cranston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Regina King, James Corden, Nate Parker and Kathy Griffin served as presenters.

Other winners Saturday included Kenny Ortega for Disney's "Descendants," Don Roy King for the "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special," David Nutter for "Game of Thrones" and Matthew Heineman for his documentary "Cartel Land."

While the dearth female winners was glaring, especially amid the all-male nominees for the top prize, Adam McKay was able to find some relevant poetry in the batch of top competitors this awards season.

"Our movie is about white men wrecking Wall Street. And 'Spotlight' is about a Catholic church that is dominated by certain types of people. They're both movies that kind of call out lack of diversity," McKay said.

But beyond even that, McKay noted "The Big Short" will be screening for Congress soon and "Spotlight" will be shown at the Vatican.

"People, when they know the truth, they do the right thing," McKay said.



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • How a new wave of Indigenous cinema is changing the narrative of Canada

    Entertainment CBC News
    It's being called the "new wave" of Indigenous cinema. Indigenous filmmakers got a boost in 2018 with the creation of the Indigenous Screen Office, an organization helping Indigenous media makers develop their content. Source
  • Fashion designer Kate Spade to be buried in Kansas City

    Entertainment CTV News
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Fashion designer Kate Spade will be buried Thursday in Kansas City, where she was born. Services for Spade are planned for 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church. Source
  • How a deaf performer in B.C. is helping make theatre more inclusive

    Entertainment CTV News
    A deaf actor is using art and advocacy to break down stereotypes and make a place for performers with disabilities in Canadian theatre. Landon Krentz takes to the stage to demonstrate that his disability does not affect his talent. Source
  • Jimmy Fallon reveals personal pain following Trump fallout

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Jimmy Fallon is opening up about the personal anguish he felt following the backlash to his now-infamous hair mussing appearance with U.S. President Donald Trump. The host of "The Tonight Show" tells The Hollywood Reporter he "made a mistake" and apologized "if I made anyone mad. Source
  • Barbershop Harmony Society to integrate women after 80 years

    Entertainment CTV News
    NASHVILLE -- After 80 years of being a male-only organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society has announced that women will be allowed to join the a capella singing organization. The organization, which is based in Nashville, Tennessee, said in a statement Wednesday on its website that membership to the society is open to everyone, effective immediately. Source
  • After 4,000 episodes, a halt for Jerry Springer's show

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Somehow it doesn't seem right for Jerry Springer to exit quietly. There should be one last thrown chair or a bleep-filled tirade, at the very least. Instead, it was announced with no fanfare this week that he will stop making new episodes of his memorably raucous talk show, and neither Springer nor his bosses will talk about it. Source
  • Sesame Workshop to create new kids TV shows for Apple

    Entertainment CBC News
    Apple is getting into business with the prestigious Sesame Workshop. The company is giving a multiple-series order to the Emmy-winning non-profit organization, it announced on Wednesday. The shows, to include live-action and animated series, will be part of a slate of children's programming for Apple's upcoming streaming service. Source
  • Stompin' Tom Connors to get hometown star on Canada's Walk of Fame

    Entertainment CTV News
    TORONTO - Canada's Walk of Fame is giving Stompin' Tom Connors a permanent star near his boyhood home in Skinners Pond, P.E.I. The late musician, whose distinctly Canadian ditties include "Bud the Spud," "The Hockey Song" and "Sudbury Saturday Night," will be honoured at a public event at the Stompin' Tom Centre on Canada Day. Source
  • Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

    Entertainment CBC News
    Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on their smartphones. The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram's video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users. Source
  • Kevin Spacey film Billionaire Boys Club set for release

    Entertainment CBC News
    Kevin Spacey was erased from All the Money in the World and booted from House of Cards, but a movie starring the disgraced actor is going forward with a summer release. Vertical Entertainment announced that it will release Billionaire Boys Club on video-on-demand on July 17 and in theatres August 17. Source