Sunday, January 24, 2016

27th Annual Producers Guild Awards Winners

Last night the first guild had their awards ceremony and the industry started to let us know who do they like -it was film critics/press until now-. Inevitable is to comment that when the climax of the night was Lady Gaga singing (some tweets say was "a very awkward" moment) then there is something wrong with this group as the top news this morning should be about the movie that won and not about the entertainment.

But going back to the movies industry press is "surprised" -check most headlines- as seems press journalists have another year when they really believe industry will behave like them. But as it happens every single year, AMPAS members do not behave like press critics.

The Zanuck trophy is voted by 7,000 PGA members and the producers branch of the Academy constitutes about 8% of the AMPAS membership. So seems we have to wait until next Saturday (SAG Awards) to gather a better idea of what the industry likes this year, as when you add PGA and SAG Academy membership grows to the largest group of Oscars voters.

The top award winners were Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gadner and Brad Pitt for producing The Big Short. Seems that they were also surprised as had no apparent prepared remarks and Pitt was not in attendance (oops!). Bye the way is the second PGA win for the trio, their first was for 12 Years a Slave.

If top award was a surprise for many, animation and documentary winners were not with the Oscars top contenders winning both feature film categories. Inside Out won animation and Amy won documentary.

To check winners in TV and other categories go official site here. Winners are in *BLUE.

I'm getting quite upset learning how bizarre are the nominees in the two guilds that announced today as not only seems guilds will not agree with critics (nothing new here, still had to comment) but now the Producers also snubbed Carol. Inexplicable a s film is one of the best this year for the outstanding cinematography, actors performances, the director and amazing tech specs. Are the guilds reacting to the story? I do not know, but it's a big omission in this list.

Yes, for the past eight years, the Producers Guild's choice for Best Picture went on to claim the top prize at the Oscars so Mad Max: Fury Road, Brooklyn and Straight Outta Compton received much needed boost while Carol, Room and The Hateful Eight were snubbed and if we believe stats then also probably their chances for winning Oscars top honor has diminished to nilch. Still I wish that Guilds and the Academy members behave different and next week we will learn if my wish will or will not be reality.

Theatrical Motion Picture

The Darry F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
*The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Straight Outta Compton

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Good Dinosaur
*Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Hunting Ground
The Look of Silence
Something Better to Come

To check nominees in non-movies categories go official site here. The awards ceremony will be on Saturday, January 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

This year, the Producers Guild will present special honors to Jim Gianopulos (Milestone Award), Shonda Rhimes (Norman Lear Achivement Award in Television), David Heyman (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), The Hunting Ground (Stanley Kramer Award) and Industrial Light & Magic (Visionary Vanguard Award).

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