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'Revenant' vs. 'Spotlight' vs. 'Big Short': Best picture front-runners sharpen their Oscar pitches

'Revenant' vs. 'Spotlight' vs. 'Big Short': Best picture front-runners sharpen their Oscar pitches

The Oscar best picture race fragmented further Saturday night with Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Directors Guild award win for "The Revenant," a development that was perhaps inevitable in a year in which guild voters splintered their support among three different movies.

Iñárritu's DGA win for the bold, brutal western followed the Producers Guild tabbing "The Big Short" for best picture and the Screen Actors Guild Awards giving "Spotlight" its biggest prize.

The guilds' split decisions aren't unprecedented. Just two years ago, "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "American Hustle" each won a major...

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