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The Academy’s annual class photo.  Full size after the cut.

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Sometimes it’s hard to separate your heart from your head during Oscar season. Despite trying to keep your bias from creeping in, it inevitably does for various reasons. Loving a winner often means you line up with the consensus, the consensus that you often rail against. The consensus that you’ve deemed too white, too old and too out of touch. When they agree with you, suddenly they’re a reputable group. When you agree with them, you fall back in love, ever so briefly, until they disappoint you again. There is no point in fighting the tide — though I’ve tried and tried over the years. One would think that we would wear our unique tastes like a badge of honor, taking pride in our individuality whenever we disagree with a large consensus. For some reason, we don’t. We humans like to think we are not only on the winning side, but that the winning side is with us. If we pick our favorite and it becomes a winner, that’s one thing. If we can feel that they pick a winner that we’ve helped them chose, though? Whole different thing. “You get the sundae, Vinnie. You get the sundae.”

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We had two winners who had a perfect score of 3. Abby Brown and Marcus Perriello. Congratulations!

A very long list of people who accurately predicted Alejandro G. Inarritu to win the DGA:

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“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” – Carl Sagan

It will come as a major bummer to many on this site that George Miller did not win the DGA Award last night for Mad Max: Fury Road. It will come as an even bigger bummer that the person who won, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, won just last year, and has now made DGA history by being the first director to win the award in consecutive years. Miller seemed poised to be rewarded for his exceptional futuristic epic where he handed over the fate of humanity to a woman. How could we have all been so stupid? The awards race doesn’t work like that. It rewards the singular male hero. There is an affinity among older male voters with the eternally Lost Man. “He’s good. It’s the world and people around him that aren’t. He is lost, though alas, he is always heroic.” The Lost Man can’t be, for instance, a female astronaut who survives being stranded in space simply by being tenacious and lucky. He can’t be a tech nerd who invents a social network to give him a social life but ends up more lonely than ever, a hero and a victim at the same time. The Lost Man must be someone who pushes aggressively against the forces that oppress him. Thankfully, at least one of these times, it was an enslaved person at the hands of the oppressive racist South.

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Winner – DGA Documentary Award – Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land

Winner – DGA Award for TV Movie/Miniseries – Dee Rees, Bessie

Winner – DGA Comedy Series Award – Chris Addison, Veep

Winner – First Time Director – Alex Garland for Ex Machina

Winner – Commercial – Andreas Nilsson, “Time Upon a Once” GE; “Dad Song” Old Spice

Winner – Reality TV – Adam Vetri, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge

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Contender Tracker


Best PictureNBR top ten/+winner*
NYFCC winner*
LAFC winner+
SAG nominee*
Globe winner+/nominee*
SEFCA winner+/topte*
Critics Choice nominee*
AFI Top Ten+
Ace Eddie noms*
Producers Guild winner+/noms*
ASC Nominations*
WGA nominations*
USC Scripter*
BAFTA nom*
CAS nominee*
DGA win+/Nominees+

The Big Short****+++****
The Revenant+******+
Mad Max: Fury Road+***++****
The Martian*+**+*****
Room**** +
Bridge of Spies***+*****

Best ActoRLeonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant++**
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo**+**
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs+ ****
Matt Damon, The Martian+* **
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl ****

Best ActressBrie Larson, Room++++**
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn+****
Cate Blanchett, Carol****
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years+*+
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy+*

Supporting ActorSylvester Stallone, Creed++*
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies***+*
Christian Bale, The Big Short**
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight**
Tom Hardy, The Revenant*

Supporting ActresS
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl+*
Rooney Mara, Carol***
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs*+* *
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight+***
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight**

Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant+**+
Adam McKay, The Big Short**
George Miller, Max Max: Fury Road+*+**
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight***
Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Original Screenplay
Spotlight, Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer+*+*+**
Straight Outta Compton, Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff*
Bridge of Spies, Charman, the Coens***
Inside Out, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter**
Ex Machina, Alex Garland**

Adapted ScreenplayAdam McKay, The Big Short*****
Cariol, Phyllis Nagy++**
Room, Emma Donoghue****
The Martian, Drew Godard+***
Brooklyn, Nick Hornby***

EditingThe Big Short+*+*
Mad Max: Fury Road*+*
The Revenant***
The Force Awakens*
Spotlight *

The Revenant***
Mad Max: Fury Road++***
Carol +*+* *
The Hateful Eight *

Production Design
Mad Max: Fury Road**
The Revenant *
The Martian**
The Danish Girl
Bridge of Spies*

Sound Mixing
The Revenant**
Mad Max: Fury Road**
The Martian*
Bridge of Spies**
Star Wars

Sound Editing
The Revenant
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Costume Design
The Danish Girl**
Mad Max: Fury Road**
The Revenant

Original Score
The Hateful Eight+*
Star Wars: The Force Awakens*
Bridge of Spies

Foreign Language Feature
Son of Saul+++
Mustang (France)**
Columbia (Embrace of the Serpent)
Theeb (Jordan)
Denmark (A War)

Documentary Feature
Cartel Land
What Happened, Miss Simone?
The Look of Silence
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Animated featureInside Out++++**+
Shaun the Sheep **
When Marine Was There
Boy and the World

Visual Effects
Mad Max: Fury Road**
Star Wars: The Force Awakens*
Ex Machina**
The Martian**
The Revenant*

The Revenant **
Mad Max: Fury Road **
The 100 Year-old-man

Til it Happens to you, The Hunting Ground (Lady Gaga)
Writings on the Wall, Spectre+
Earned it, 50 Shades
Manta Ray, Racing Extinction
Simple Song 3, Youth

Live Action ShortShok
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Ave Maria

Animated Short World of Tomorrow
Bear Story
Sanjay's Super Team
We Can't Live without Cosmos

Documentary ShortChau Beyond the Lines
Body Team 12
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Last Day of Freedom
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

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