As I was taking pictures of the atmospheric remnants of the North by Northwest cropduster location, the Directors Guild of America was announcing its feature directing nominees. As I read their names under the warm Bakersfield sun I said to myself, “Thank God…now we finally know what the industry thinks…before we were lost in the woods, searching around in the dark, clueless. But now, finally, we know the score.”

The Revenant‘s Alejandro G. Inarritu, Spotlight‘s Tom McCarthy, The Big Short‘s Adam McKay, Mad Max: Fury Road‘s George Miller and The Martian‘s Ridley Scott…salud! Did anyone out there have any hint at all that these five would be nominated? I sure didn’t. I had no idea whatsoever.

Yes, I’m kidding. Yes, the DGA noms are a snooze. Yes, it was fairly clear who the five would be….well, a week or two ago. The most recent hottie is The Big Short‘s Adam McKay, but his inclusion fits in, of course, with everyone chattering about The Big Short climbing and/or gaining.

To what extent will the Academy go along with the DGA? Will they also reject Carol‘s Todd Haynes and Steve JobsDanny Boyle? Almost certainly.

Congrats also to the DGA’s five nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a First-Time Feature Film Director…let’s just call it the first-timer award: Fernando Coimbra, A Wolf at the Door (no); Joel Edgerton, The Gift (no); Alex Garland, Ex Machina (maybe); Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (probably not); and Laszlo Nemes, Son of Saul (likely winner).