The Producers Guild of America has announced their list of nominees today. These ones are quite key because those that get nominated here often get translated into the Best Picture category. So let's see whose frontrunner status has been solidified and who got a major boost from their nominations:
Darryl B. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, The Big Short
Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Kleiger, Bridge of Spies
Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Brooklyn
Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, Ex Machina
Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaeffer, and Mark Huffam, The Martian
Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon, The Revenant
Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, and Molly Smith, Sicario
Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagon Faust, Spotlight
Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, Dr. Dre, F. Gary Gray, and Scott Bernstein, Straight Outta Compton
To me, the biggest snubs are both Room and Carol. Carol, especially, since this is Harvey Weinstein's top horse in this race. I think it could still get in for Best Picture, but it doesn't look like it's winning Best Picture. But Brooklyn getting on here was a much needed boost. After getting snubbed for Best Motion Picture- Drama at the Golden Globes, I was a little skeptical of its chances for Best Picture. But thanks to this nomination, its chances might get better.
Ex Machina, Sicario, and Straight Outta Compton getting on here are very pleasant surprises, though. Since Straight Outta Compton also got a SAG Ensemble nod, its Best Picture chances have gotten a significant leap, I think. I don't know if Ex Machina will get in Best Picture. But with this nomination, it should at least keep it fresh in voters minds.
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Rosa Tran, Duke Johnson, and Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Denise Ream, The Good Dinosaur
Jonas Rivera, Inside Out
Chris Meladandri, Janet Healy, Minions
Craig Schulz and Michael J. Travers, The Peanuts Movie
Uhhh.....why is Minions here? (sigh) Whatever.
Tomorrow, the Writers Guild of America announces their nominees and the BAFTA Awards on Friday.