Every major awards group that reveals its nominations prior to the Oscars on Thursday, January 15, are another tea leaf waiting to be read and analyzed. Was your movie included? Great! Was it left out? You might be in trouble.

The Producers Guild Association is the latest group to drop its selection for the best of 2014, and those of us tracking each step of the Oscar marathon found more than enough interesting elements to single out. Some films bolstered their already strong showings as they wait for the main Oscar noms to be revealed next week. Other films that thought they had a clear path to the Academy Awards just hit an obstacle. And several films that were sitting "on the bubble" just got a nice boost.

The nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures are as follows:

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

The PGA noms have been a reliable indicator of the direction in which the Oscar breeze is blowing. (Click here for the complete list of this year’s nominees.) What, then, did we learn about the Oscar race today?

Unbroken
Unbroken Is In Serious Danger Of Missing The Best Picture Category
We don’t yet know how many films will be nominated for Best Picture next week. The Academy changed its rules so that the night’s biggest category can have as few as five nominees, and as many as 10. It’s an intriguing way to freshen up what had become a stale race – and to let films that wouldn’t normally get in find a foothold in the competition. But so far, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken has been well-received by audiences yet overlooked by professional groups. SAG bypassed it. The Golden Globes – which typically adore Angie – bypassed it. And now the PGA bypassed it. Will the Academy follow suit?

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