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Oscars 2016: First-time nominees make their presences felt in director, screenplay races

Oscars 2016: First-time nominees make their presences felt in director, screenplay races

Quentin Tarantino, promoting his latest movie "The Hateful Eight," proclaimed that he wanted to win more screenplay Oscars "than anybody who's ever lived." Would that we all had such ambition for our work. But Tarantino will have to wait, as the writers branch bypassed him and another favorite, Aaron Sorkin, this year in favor of 15 first-time nominees, including four women.

The directors branch, meanwhile, baptized four first-timers including "Mad Max: Fury Road" helmer George Miller, who at the age of 70 earned an inaugural nod for directing after having been recognized twice as a writer ("Babe," "Lorenzo's Oil") and twice as a...

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