winners//68th DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS

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One of the steadiest predictors of Oscar gold in a category is the Directors Guild of America Awards, who've only missed seven times in awarding the same winner as the Academy.

This year's biggest honor went to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, for The Revenant. This marks Inarritu's second win at the DGAs in a row, after winning last year for Birdman. He is the first director to accomplish back-to-back wins.

Alex Garland won the First Feature award for Ex Machina.

For a complete list of the night's winners, click here.

Mr. Inarritu's directorial team:

ALEJANDRO G. INARRITU
The Revenant

Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Drew Locke, James W. Skotchdopole, Doug Jones
  • First Assistant Director: Scott Robertson
  • Second Assistant Directors: Megan M. Shank, Matthew Haggerty, Jeremy Marks
  • Unit Production Manager: Gabriela Vazquez (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Trevor R. Tavares, Jasmine Marie Alhambra (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Brett Robinson, Kasia Trojak (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)

review//PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

Grade: B-

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
Directed by Burr Steers
Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston

With a title almost as sincerely honest as Snakes on a Plane, but much more endearing, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is exactly what it promises, the classic tale by Jane Austen set amidst a backdrop of an England rife with brain-hungry zombies. Without taking itself or its premise too seriously, the flick by director Burr Steers is a faulty, but fun, time at the movies.

In case you skipped out on the Austen novel in high school literature, or failed to remember even the Cliff's Notes you skimmed, the plot is simple. Star-crossed lovers from different social classes not only must fight the opinions and pressures of those around them, but have the added bonus of the constant battle against the undead.

The humor and cleverness of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, originally found in the book of the same name, comes in glimpses of humor, wrapped in sincere storytelling. The day-to-day life of the Bennett sisters, led by Elizabeth (Lily James), is one that is no longer just about each girl finding their places as a woman in society (while waiting to be betrothed to a worry suitor), but one that also involves cleaning guns and Shaolin warrior training.

When the sisters are invited to a fancy ball, the introduction of Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) shows him as a man with a driven demeanor, set to not give in to the absurd idea of love, while also mastering zombie relations the top degree.

The zombies alive in this world are ones that never cross into human-brain-eating until they've had an actual taste. To remedy this, Mr. Darcy finds a small horde and feeds them pig brains to suffice their appetites, while also allowing them to stay somewhat normal.

There's the other love battle taking place, involving George Wickham (Jack Huston), but at this point it's more about the blood and guts than the Austen love fest, and director Steers doesn't completely disappoint. There are moments that feel like they could use a little more "The Walking Dead," but the film satisfies its PG-13 rating.

Visually appealing, in terms of costumes and setting, the film does give in to certain cliche fright film attributes, mostly towards the end when an effects-heavy sequence pulls away from the tongue-in-cheek drama presented before it. And, several structure/time issues occur when the editing doesn't allow for a proper flow, most notably when a fight scene seemingly goes from dark night to midday with no explanation.

With enough humor and panache to set it apart from other trying fright flicks, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the type of fun you need at the movies sometimes. If only reading the original Austen story was as entertaining.

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1h 48min

winners//22nd SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS

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Without a Best Picture category, the Screen Actors Guild Awards equivalent is the Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award that pit awards favorites like Spotlight and The Big Short against underdogs Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson have all but cemented themselves as the Oscar favorites in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories. Idris Elba made history as the first motion picture acting winner (for Beasts of No Nation) to win a SAG Award without being nominated for an Academy Award in the same year for the same role. Elba also won the Leading Male Actor award for the Miniseries/TV Movie category for Luther.

On the television side, the cast of Downton Abbey served as upset winner against outgoing favorite Mad Men (the show's star Jon Hamm was also left empty-handed in the lead acting category).

Carol Burnett received the Life Achievement Award, given by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, highlighting an amazing comedic career.

The 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards took place at the Shrine Exposition Center.

Complete list of winners:

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE

The Cast of Spotlight

OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Leonardo DiCaprio
The Revenant

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Brie Larson
Room

OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Idris Elba
Beasts of No Nation

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Alicia Vikander
The Danish Girl

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES

The Cast of Downton Abbey

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES

The Cast of Orange is the New Black

OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Kevin Spacey
House of Cards

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Viola Davis
How to Get Away with Murder

OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jeffrey Tambor
Transparent

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Uzo Aduba
Orange is the New Black

OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Idris Elba
Luther

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Queen Latifah
Bessie

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Carol Burnett