Sir Ridley Scott receives Directors Guild of America nomination

Legendary director Sir Ridley Scott has been nominated for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his sci-fi film 'The Martian'

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Sir Ridley Scott has been nominated for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards.

The 78-year-old filmmaker has received a nod for his work on sci-fi survival epic 'The Martian'.

In the category he is up against Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for 'The Revenant', Tom McCarthy for 'Spotlight', Adam McKay, who is up for 'The Big Short' and George Miller, who has been recognised for his action flick 'Mad Max: Fury Road'.

'The Martian' was Scott's highest ever grossing film and saw Matt Damon star as stranded astronaut Mark Watney who battles to survive on the harsh terrain of Mars until rescue comes. It is based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel of the same name.

Inarritu's has earned his third DGA nomination. The Spanish filmmaker won for 'Birdman' last year and was nominated for 2005's 'Babel' and also bagged the commercials prize for an advert he made in 2012 for Procter and Gamble.

The DGA also revealed a new category has been created for its 68th annual ceremony for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film.

The shortlist features Alex Garland for his work on 'Ex Machina', Joel Edgarton ('The Gift'), Fernando Coimbra ('A Wolf at The Door'), Marielle Heller ('The Diary of a Teenage Girl') and Laszlo Nemes ('Son of Saul').

DGA President Paris Barclay said in a statement: "What makes this year different is the unbridled ambition of the five nominated films - in theme, in production, in visual imagination. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their incredible work."

The Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony takes place on February 6 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

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