Sunday, January 21, 2018

29th Producers Guild of America Awards Winners

Last night the guild had their awards ceremony and as expected (by me) The Shape of Water won top award to absolutely improve its chances to get AMPAS maximum honor.

Same happens to Coco in animation and Jane in documentary; but still hope Oscar documentary category will include that French doc everyone is talking about.  Sigh.

Biggest surprises came in the TV categories as even when honors were given to great shows (ones that behave like long-form-films) like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Handmaid's Tale, will not deny my surprise with the winner of the Non-Fiction category, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Sigh.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Today the Producers Guild of America announced the nominations for their annual Awards and no doubt that from all guilds announcements these are the nominees most film pundits anxiously await as is directly related to the 10 possible Oscar nominees and of course, PGA winner frequently becomes Academy Best Film winner.

Before the announcement there were too-many speculations, predictions, guessing-games and crystal-ball visions.  But most expect Get Out, Lady Bird, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Call Me by Your Name, The Shape of Water and Dunkirk are to be nominated.  Then the second group of probable nominees are The Florida Project, The Post, Darkest Hour, I Tonya and some even mention one film that could be a BIG push for Netflix if gets a PGA nomination: Mudbound.

Then reality struck.  The biggest positive surprise is Wonder Woman getting a nomination which undoubtedly opens a huge door for an Oscar nom.  There is no doubt that Molly's Game just upped its game in current awards season as seems critics overlooked film but industry is not forgetting about Aaron Sorkin directorial debut. Perhaps the biggest snub is Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Phantom Thread, a film that possibly will end its run in current awards season; also surprising is the absence of Darkest Hour but believe film Oscar chances are more in the Best Actor category than in any other.

Then, for the first time there are 11 PGA nominees in top category, instead of the usual 10 as there was a tie in voting.  So if Oscar noms go up to 10 (which is still Best Film Oscar maximum nominations -read the rule again today as there are many industry articles claiming Oscar has only 5 nominations and it's not what the Academy says in its current rules and eligibility), then there will be at least one film out; but more realistically, top category at the Academy Awards usually gets around 8 nominations, therefore there are more films that could disappear and there are chances that at least one film not nominated by PGA could make it to Oscars nominations.  By-the-way today started the Oscar voting, so those Academy Members that follow industry news will get their usual doses of influence with all the buzz and fuzz around what the guilds do.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Call Me by Your Name
Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
Molly's Game
The Post
*The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Wonder Woman

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Picture
The Boss Baby
Despicable Me 3
The Lego Batman Movie

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Chasing Coral
City of Ghosts
Cries From Syria
Earth: One Amazing Day
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee

To check nominees for Television categories go official site here.  All Producers Guild Awards will be announced on Saturday, January 20, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Guild bestows several annual honors and as previously announced here are current edition honorees.

Stanley Kramer Award: Get Out
Visionary Award: Ava DuVernay
David O. Selznick Achievement Award: Charles Roven
Milestone Award: Donna Langley
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television:  Ryan Murphy

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