Spotlight, an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sex abuses in the Catholic Church, won the Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble, while the financial drama-comedy The Big Short picked up the Producers Guild Award.
Mexican-born Iñárritu called the Directors Guild prize “a hug from my peers”, adding: “This hug, this embrace you are giving me today goes to a small country, to a whole Latin American community in this country. Your embrace makes me feel proud.”
While more women were nominated this year than ever before – 14 of the 47 nominees – only one took home an award. Dee Rees accepted the DGA prize in the television movie or miniseries category for HBO’s Bessie.
“There’s a million reasons why I shouldn’t be in this room, and there are a million more reasons why I shouldn’t be on this stage,” Rees said in her acceptance speech on Saturday. “It all comes down to 10 or 15 people (who are) the reason why I am in this room and the reason why I am on this stage.
DGA 2016 winners
Feature Film: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Drama Series: David Nutter, Game of Thrones
Comedy Series: Chris Addison, Veep
Movies for Television and Mini Series: Dee Rees, Bessie
Documentary: Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land
Variety/Talk/News/Sports Specials: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special”
Variety/Talk/News/Sports Regularly Scheduled: Dave Diomedi, “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”
Reality Programmes: Adam Vetri, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge
Children’s Programmes: Kenny Ortega, Descendants
Commercials: Andreas Nilsson, Biscuit Filmworks (Emily’s Oz, Comcast; Time Upon A Once, General Electric; Dad Song, Old Spice)
Lifetime Achievement (TV): Joe Pytka
Frank Capra Achievement Award: Mary Rae Thewlis
Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award: Tom McDermott