As of right now, there is not a clear frontrunner within the five nominees for the Dricetor’s Guild of America Award in Film. The DGA will hand out their awards this coming Saturday night and this years race is wide open so who knows what will happen. Can George Miller win for his action spectacle Mad Max: Fury Road? Can Alejandro G. Iñárritu do the unheard of and win the DGA in back-to-back years? Can either Adam McKay or Tom McCarthy win for having the two main frontrunners at the Oscars? Can the Oscar snubbed, but highly appreciated, Ridley Scott pull off a win, much like Ben Affleck did for Argo when he was also not nominated for Best Director at the Oscars? It is wide open this year.
Right now, if I had to make a final pick I would go with George Miller, just based on all of his critical success and adulation he has received so far. I would not say he is the frontrunner, but he definitely has the highest level of credentials going into Saturday night. Then you have Iñárritu who has directed one hell of a survival epic and could make history if he wins this year. No director has ever won in consecutive years. McKay’s The Big Short and McCarthy’s Spotlight are this years two Best Picture frontrunners. McKay’s film won the PGA and McCarthy’s won the SAG, but if it was to go down between these two, my bet is on McKay because of that PGA win. And do not count out Scott for the The Martian as that film is very much liked within the industry and it would not surprise me at all if he wins. He has that legend status thing going for him and who cares about the Oscars. Scott has been nominated of the DGA four times, but no victories.
All I do know is that if McKay or McCarthy win the Best Picture is done for at the Oscars. That film will almost certainly win Best Picture. However, I really think that with how much everyone has lauded and praised Miller, and with all of the critical adulation and awards he has received, he is going to win. Gut and statistical feeling. If not Miller, it is going to be Iñárritu. The films making and history is enough alone to receive a tremendous amount of praise and why not make a little history Saturday night. We are either going to have a clear Best Picture winner after the DGA, or we will continue with a wide open race and just have a little clarification on who will win Best Director. I am hoping for the latter.
- Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
- Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
- Adam McKay, The Big Short
- George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
- Ridley Scott, The Martian
Predicted winner: GEORGE MILLER, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
If Not: ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU, THE REVENANT