Producers Guild Goes With Gravity, American Hustle And Wolf Of Wall Street

By Sean O'Connell 2014-01-02 11:01:12discussion comments
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The Screen Actors Guild. The Hollywood Foreign Press. The Broadcast Film Critics Association. The Producers Guild of America. The Academy. We understand if it’s hard to keep track all of the different organizations annually handing out year-end awards, even if the titles of the movies honored seem to sound the same after a while.

The Producers Guild (PGA) became the latest group to get on the board, revealing its nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, the equivalent of Oscar’s Bets Picture trophy. This year, according to The Hollywood Reporter, 10 feature films are contending to the PGA’s top prize. They are, in alphabetical order:

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)
Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Her (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay

Nebraska (Paramount Pictures)
Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa

Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Producers: Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer

12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner

Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
Producers: Riza Aziz, Emma Koskoff, Joey McFarland

As the trade notes, the PGA nominees serve a dual purpose, as Oscar trackers view them "as indicators of which films have momentum heading into the Academy Award nominations, which will be announced Jan. 16." With this in mind, it’s worth noting that Oscar hopefuls like Lee Daniels’ The Butler, August: Osage County, Ron Howard’s Rush and Inside Llewyn Davis were caught on the outside of the PGA race, looking in.

Do you think this will be the final list of Oscar nominees? The Academy can go as high as 10 when filling out its Best Picture category. Or they can whittle the group of contenders down to five… which seems unlikely given the sheer number of Oscar-worthy films that are cramming everyone’s lists. If we had to choose a frontrunner from the list of films recognized by the PGA, I’d limit it between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, though American Hustle, Wolf and Mr. Banks feel like they easily could play spoilers.

The PGA trophies will be handed out at the 25th annual PGA Awards, which are set for Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton. Certain individuals have been singled out for special recognition, including: Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures); Robert Iger (Milestone Award); Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri (Vanguard Award); Chuck Lorre (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television); Chris Meledandri (Visionary Award); and Fruitvale Station (Stanley Kramer Award).

For a complete list of PGA nominees, click here.
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