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"The Big Short" director Adam McKay joins Tom McCarthy and George Miller as a first-time nominee for the Director's Guild of America award.

NEW YORK >> Adam McKay, Tom McCarthy and George Miller landed their first nods from the Directors Guild of America in the group's annual nominations announced Tuesday.

Nominations for outstanding achievement in directing went to McKay for the finance romp "The Big Short," McCarthy for his Boston Globe investigative drama "Spotlight" and Miller for the post-apocalyptic sequel "Mad Max: Fury Road." They are joined by more regular nominees Ridley Scott for the science-fiction blockbuster "The Martian" and Alejandro Inarritu for the frontier thriller "The Revenant."

The DGA Awards are a closely watched indicator of which directors are likely Oscar nominees, and which films have the strongest support from filmmakers. This year, the only films to win the top nominations from producer, actor and director guilds are "Spotlight" and "The Big Short."