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What do the DGA nominations tell us about Oscars?

By Zach Laws
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Jan 13 2015 17:11 pm
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This morning, the Directors Guild of America nominated Clint Eastwood ("American Sniper"), Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman"), Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"), and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game").

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#oscarsbangbang: Killer sing-along preview to Oscar nominations

By Tom O'Neil
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Jan 13 2015 14:23 pm
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Sep 01 2015 12:35 pm
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On the eve of nominations coming out, unabashed Oscars nuts Ted Stevenson and Samantha Massell gotta dance, gotta sing! Last year these New York-based performers rocked our Oscar world by winning our video contest with their witty, tuneful "Oscars State of Mind" (watch it here), which was a riff on Jay-Z and Alicia Key’s "Empire" variation, natch. Now they've got this killer: "#oscarsbangbang" with a wink to Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Bravo to their whole team here: dancers, director, videographers, choreographer, stylist, makeup, et. al. Their collective enthusiasm and energy are infectious.

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'Birdman' will lead Oscar nominations with nine, 'Boyhood' and 'Imitation Game' will score seven

By Daniel Montgomery
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Jan 13 2015 13:03 pm
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Sep 02 2015 22:23 pm
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According to the combined predictions of our Experts, Editors, Users, and Top 24 Users (the highest scorers predicting last year's nominations), "Birdman" will lead this year's Oscar nominations with nine, including Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), and Best Actor (Michael Keaton).

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Oscars news: 'Boyhood' producers lose credit, 'Selma' free screenings

By Paul Sheehan
By Paul Sheehan
Jan 13 2015 13:03 pm
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Sep 03 2015 07:44 am
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Kim Masters reports,"In a blow to the hopes of John Sloss of Cinetic Media and Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films, the academy has decided to follow the lead of the Producers Guild of America in denying the two awards credit as producers for their key roles in bringing 'Boyhood' to the big screen. If the film, which was just named best motion picture, drama at the Golden Globes, wins the best picture Oscar at the Academy Awards on Feb. 22, Sloss and Sehring will have to remain in their seats as filmmaker Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, who started on the project as a production manager before becoming one of its producers, go onstage." THR

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Oscars update: 'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest' reap bids with 10 of 11 guilds

By Paul Sheehan
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Jan 13 2015 12:31 pm
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With Tuesday's nominations announcements by Directors Guild, Cinema Audio Society and Visual Effects Society, 11 guilds have now weighed in with their picks for the best of the year. The last one -- the Motion Picture Sound Editors -- reveals it line-up on Wednesday. 

Two films -- "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel"  -- have reaped bids with 10 of the 11 guilds. "Birdman" was not eligible with the writers while "Grand Budapest" did not register with the sound mixers.

"The Imitation Game" has scored with all but the makeup/hairstylists and sound mixers. "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Gone Girl" make the cut with seven while "American Sniper,"  "Boyhood" (our frontrunner for Best Picture) and "Nightcrawler" nabbed nods with six each.

"Selma," which we currently have ranked third for Best Picture, has been all but shut out save for costume design and hairstyling noms due to a lack of screeners. 

Below, a breakdown by picture of guild nominations to date. 

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Jenelle Riley, Paul Sheehan, Susan Wloszczyna top all Experts predicting DGA Awards nominations

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Jan 13 2015 12:00 pm
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Sep 01 2015 09:46 am
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A trio of film pundits - Jenelle Riley (Variety), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com) - top all Experts in predicting the 2014 Directors Guild nominees announced Tuesday. They were best among 12 Experts that we polled by scoring an excellent 80% correct regarding the DGA feature film nominees.

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See how you did predicting Directors Guild film nominations

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Jan 13 2015 11:47 am
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Congratulations to our User Poseidon4 for a perfect 100% prediction rate for Tuesday's announcement of the Directors Guild film nominations. He actually tied with six other people but wisely used his 500 and 200 point bets for the best overall score of 21,850.

Over 650 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year's DGA nominees in the feature film category. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click Directors Guild Awards Nominations 2014.

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Oscar nominations predictions: 'Boyhood,' 'Birdman,' 'Imitation Game' ...

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Jan 13 2015 11:18 am
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Sep 02 2015 22:23 pm
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Our predictions for Thursday's Oscar nominations are based on a combination of four sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Experts, Editors, the Top 24 Users (highest scorers predicting last year's nominations), and All Users.

Our forecasted champs are in gold, while potential spoilers for nominations are in italics. Click on each category title to be taken to an overview of that race.

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Will Directors Guild Awards preview Best Picture at Oscars?

By Paul Sheehan
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Jan 13 2015 10:30 am
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The helmers of our top three frontrunners for Best Picture at the Oscars reaped DGA bids on Tuesday. In order of likelihood of their films winning the top Academy Award, they are Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman"),  and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game"). 

In the 66-year history of the DGA Awards, the guild winner has helmed the film that won the top Oscar, 52 time. That success rate of 79% at predicting the Best Picture champ eclipses that of both the PGA (18/24 -75%) and SAG (9/19 -- 47%). 

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