Scott, McKay among Directors Guild nods

NEW YORK – Adam McKay, Tom McCarthy and George Miller landed their first nods from the Directors Guild of America in a group of nominees that spanned genres from comedy to science fiction.

Nominations for outstanding achievement in directing went to McKay for the finance romp “The Big Short,” McCarthy for his Boston Globe investigative drama “Spotlight” and Miller for the post-apocalyptic sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

They are joined by Ridley Scott for the science-fiction blockbuster “The Martian” and Alejandro Inarritu for the frontier thriller “The Revenant” – who are both celebrating their fourth DGA nod.

The DGA Awards are a closely watched indicator of which directors will be likely Oscar nominees on Thursday, and which films have the strongest support from filmmakers.