Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Oscars 2016: Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations

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.