My apologies for not posting the Producers Guild awards yesterday, an emergency required me to run to Urgent Care. No worries, I’m fine, although I’m still in shock at the results of the nominations for the Producers Guild, the biggest Oscar predicator around.
While the five frontrunners for Best Picture, Arrival, Hell or High Water, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight and especially La La Land all made the list of ten, there’s one hiccup. You see, on top of receiving an ACE nomination and a writing nomination, two of the biggest awards yet, Deadpool has shown up on this list of nominees as well. We’re reaching a strange point in the race, people. Are…are we looking at a Deadpool nomination for Best Picture? It’s worth noting that Bridesmaids also got nominated at all of these shows (and also pulled in a SAG nomination for good measure) without appearing on the Oscar stage. However, these three appearances are nothing to bat an eye at. Someone in the industry likes the Merc with a Mouth, and they’re making their passion known. The other four nominees are Hacksaw Ridge (also building a strong case for itself), Fences, Lion, and Hidden Figures (a great film).
On the animated side of things, everything played out as expected, with nominations for Finding Dory, Moana, Zootopia, and Kubo and the Two Strings (which is really making a case to win). The only film that really comes as a surprise is The Secret Life of Pets, and even that isn’t unexpected.
The PGA Awards will be held on January 28. On average, 7-8 of the nominees go on to be nominated for Best Picture, and the winner usually shares the prize, so we’ll find out soon enough if these statistics hold.
Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Film
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Hell or High Water
- Hidden Figures
- La La Land
- Manchester by the Sea
Outstanding Producer of an Animated Film
- Finding Dory
- Kubo and the Two Strings
- The Secret Life of Pets
Outstanding Producer of a Documentary Film (Previously Announced)
- The Eagle Huntress
- Life, Animated
- J.: Made in America