LOS ANGELES — While the annual Directors Guild of America Awards can herald the eventual Oscar winners in the best director and picture categories, Saturday's ceremony in Los Angeles also offers a telling look at who's working behind the camera in Hollywood amid the industry's ongoing discussion about diversity.
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2015 file photo, Amy Schumer attends the VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly Award Show held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. While the annual Directors Guild of America awards often herald the eventual Oscar winner in the directing category, the ceremony also offers a rare look at whoâ€™s working behind the camera in Hollywood amid the industryâ€™s ongoing discussion about diversity. Schumer is nominated for co-directing her Comedy Central show, and Chris Rock is nominated for directing Schumerâ€™s â€œLive at the Apolloâ€ HBO special. Awards in all categories will be presented Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)
Women comprise about 28 percent of nominees for the awards that recognize achievement in directing in various formats, from commercials to TV shows to feature films. There are 13 women and eight non-white nominees among the slate of 47 directors.
The DGA's top category — feature film directing — is exclusively male this year, as is usually the case. Nominees include Alejandro for "The Revenant"; Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"); Adam McKay, "The Big Short"; George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"; and Ridley Scott, "The Martian."
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