Thursday, January 3, 2013

PGA Best Picture Awards Nominations and an Awards timeline

The Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), announced yesterday, the nominees for the Daryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Picture. This is a noteworthy list as it is often predictive of the nominees and eventual winner of the Oscar for Best Picture. In 16 of the last 23 years, the winner of the PGA award has also won the Best Picture Oscar.

The nominees:

"Argo” (Warner Bros.)
Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

"Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn

"Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher

"Les Misérables” (Universal Pictures)
Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh

Life of Pi” (Fox 2000 Pictures)
Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark

"Lincoln” (Touchstone Pictures)
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

"Moonrise Kingdom” (Focus Features)
Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales

"Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

"Skyfall” (MGM/Columbia Pictures)
Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson

"Zero Dark Thirty” (Columbia Pictures)
Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

This list is generally consistent with award nominations already announced from the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards.

PGA gives a separate award for animated films. The list of nominees for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

"Brave” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Producer: Katherine Sarafian

"Frankenweenie” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Producers: Allison Abbate, Tim Burton

"ParaNorman” (Focus Features)
Producers: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner

"Rise of the Guardians” (Paramount Pictures)
Producers: Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg

"Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Producer: Clark Spencer

I don't expect that any of these animated features will end up on the Oscar nomination list.

The PGA Awards will be announced at their gala, January 26th in Hollywood. PGA will also give awards in other categories, including television long form.

We are truly in the midst of award season. As noted above, SAG Award nominees and Golden Globe nominees have been announced. Their awards shows are January 13 for the Golden Globes and January 27 for the SAG Awards. The Director’s Guild will announce their nominees on January 8th with their awards gala on February 2nd.
Oscar will announce his nominees on January 10th with the Oscar broadcast on February 24th.

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