2018 Producers Guild Award Nominations

For the past ten years or so, the Producers Guild of America has served as the best indicator of Oscar glory. Largely due to the similar voting styles (both groups use the preferential ballot), the Guild lined up with the eventual Best Picture winner (and matched the nominees over 80%) from 2007 to 2014, as well as in 2017 (in the incredibly odd 2015, the award went to The Big Short, and in 2016, the award went to presumed frontrunner La La Land). And with the 2018 nominees now well in hand, it appears we can know with almost absolute certainty what this year’s Best Picture race will look like.

With its nominations here, along with its previous support throughout the season, the Best Picture race will 100% include BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, and Vice. We also know with absolute certainty that Black Panther will enter the Oscar race, thanks to nominations here, the Globes, and SAG. Between these seven, things seem pretty straightforward so far. Time to make things tricky: Bohemian Rhapsody has now earned another major nomination, alongside SAG and the Globes. With these three awards in its corner, it now seems inevitable that the controversial Queen biopic will be nominated for Best Picture, and I will update my predictions accordingly. The final two spots went to A Quiet Place and Crazy Rich Asians, two films that I dearly loved and appreciate their support. I don’t necessarily think either is getting a Best Picture nomination, but you never know – both have had massively surprising support thus far in the season. Who knows what can happen? Unfortunately, today’s nominations also tell me something that I’ve suspected for a long time, and now know with absolute certainty: First Man, my current favorite film of the year, is DOA. Without the Producers Guild nomination that it desperately needed, the film has almost no chance of getting an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

Over on the television side, there’s not much to add: it’s mostly the usual suspects, like The Americans, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Sharp Objects. However, I do want to take this opportunity to point out that the Best Comedy – Television is pretty much a checklist of what to watch. I’m onboard with any list that includes Atlanta, GLOW, Barry, and The Good Place. Otherwise, you can see the full list of nominees below, and the winners will be announced on January 19th.

Outstanding Producer of a Motion Picture

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • A Quiet Place
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born
  • Vice

Outstanding Producer of a Documentary Motion Picture

  • The Dawn Wall
  • Free Solo
  • Hal
  • Into the Okavango
  • RBG
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Outstanding Producer of an Animated Motion Picture

  • Seuss’ The Grinch
  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama

  • The Americans (Season 6)
  • Better Call Saul (Season 4)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2)
  • Ozark (Season 2)
  • This Is Us (Season 3)

Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy

  • Atlanta (Season 2)
  • Barry (Season 1)
  • GLOW (Season 2)
  • The Good Place (Season 3)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 2)

Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television

  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Maniac
  • The Romanoffs
  • Sharp Objects

Outstanding Producer of Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • King Lear
  • My Dinner with Hervé
  • Paterno
  • Sense8: Together Until the End

Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

  • 30 for 30 (Season 9)
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 11, Season 12)
  • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Season 3)
  • Queer Eye (Season 1, Season 2)
  • Wild, Wild Country (Season 1)

Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Season 24)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 5)
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Season 4)
  • Real Time with Bill Maher (Season 16)
  • Saturday Night Live (Season 44)

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Fuller House (Season 4)
  • PJ Masks (Season 2)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 2)
  • Sesame Street (Season 48)
  • Teen Titans Go! (Season 4)

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