Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 Producers Guild of America Winners

Last night the guild had their awards ceremony and today most news dispatches talk more about award winners speech than about the honored movies.  Do not like it but absolutely understand why is happening.

Nevertheless, top award went to Oscar top contender, La La Land to definitively solidify its chances of winning an Oscar as we have to remember that PGA voters and the number of Academy members is almost the same; we tend to forget that directors, actors and many other individuals in the film industry are ALSO producers, but indeed they are.

Not always the winner of the PGA top award is the winner of the top Oscar but coinciding 19 times out of the past 27 awards is no coincidence at all.  Then perhaps this year both will coincide as PGA winners were announced before the final Oscar balloting starts, which obviously will influence Academy voters.

On a light note, the big winner of the night undoubtedly is O. J. Simpson as won top documentary and TV long-form awards (lol). To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Winners are in (*) BLUE.

In a very busy day with lots of announcements the PGA released the motion picture nominations for the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories are The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures.

This year, the Producers Guild will present special honors to Tom Rothman (Milestone Award), James L. Brooks (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Irwin Winkler (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), the feature film Loving (Stanley Kramer Award), and Megan Ellison (Visionary Award).

The 2017 Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs are Donald De Line and Amy Pascal.  Last week, the PGA announced Producers Guild Awards nominations for the television series/specials, children’s programs, long-form television, sports programs, and digital series categories.

PGA nominations look like what nominees for Oscar could look in the Best Film category.  The three most-talked films of the season are being honored here as La La Land, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea are listed below, what is interesting is the other films that made the list and the guessing game to predict which ones will get a nom and how many films will be in the Oscar category.

Perhaps the most unusual nomination goes to Deadpool a film I couldn't watch first time but surprise, the second time was able to watch and enjoy the movie!!!  Suppose that if there were an award for based on a comic book film, then surely this film has to be THE best but how can a film full of action, vfx's, foul language, etc compete against great movies?  Well, think I know, good performances and a fantastic screenplay!  Think chances are very low for an Oscar nomination, but there could be surprises if the number goes up to 10 nominees.

The 2017 Producers Guild Awards motion picture nominations are listed below in alphabetical order by category, along with eligible producers’ name.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Arrival, Producers: Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, Aaron Ryder, David Linde
Deadpool, Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner
Fences, Producers: Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, Todd Black
Hacksaw Ridge, Producers: Bill Mechanic, David Permut
Hell or High Water, Producers: Carla Hacken, Julie Yorn
Hidden Figures, Producers: Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin & Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi
(*) La La Land, Producers: Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
Lion, Producers: Emile Sherman & Iain Canning, Angie Fielder
Manchester By the Sea, Producers: Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin Walsh
Moonlight, Producers: Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner & Jeremy Kleiner

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Finding Dory, Producer: Lindsey Collins
Kubo and the Two Strings, Producers: Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight
Moana, Producer: Osnat Shurer
The Secret Life of Pets, Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
(*) Zootopia, Producer: Clark Spencer

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Dancer, Producer: Gabrielle Tana
The Eagle Huntress, Producers: Stacey Reiss, Otto Bell
Life, Animated, Producers: Julie Goldman, Roger Ross Williams
(*) O.J.: Made in America, Producers: Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow
Tower, Producers: Keith Maitland, Susan Thomson, Megan Gilbride

To check the announcement at the official site, plus check nominations in television and other tech categories go official site here.  All 2017 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

In 1990, the Producers Guild held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for Driving Miss Daisy, establishing the Guild’s awards as a bellwether for the Oscars.

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