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Oscars ‘Daily Bite’: ‘The Revenant’ director Alejandro G. Inarritu chasing history

"The Revenant" director Alejandro G. Inarritu could make

"The Revenant" director Alejandro G. Inarritu could make Oscars history with back-to-back wins for best picture. His film "Birdman" won best picture last year. Credit: AFP, Getty Images / Valerie Macon

Can director Alejandro G. Iñárritu make Oscar history with “The Revenant”?

Last year, Iñárritu took home the best director Oscar for “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and his film also won the best picture award. With “The Revenant,” he’s hoping for another round of double victories.

Though two other filmmakers have won back-to-back best director Oscars — John Ford for “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940) and “How Green Was My Valley” (1941), and Joseph L. Mankiewicz for “A Letter to Three Wives” (1949) and “All About Eve” (1950) — no one has ever helmed consecutive best picture winners.

Though it’s difficult to declare the Golden Globes a viable indicator of the Academy Awards, last month’s Globes wins for Iñárritu and “The Revenant” have certainly increased their chances according to oddsmakers.

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