Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Nominations revealed for 2017 Producers Guild Awards

There are so many groups that hand out awards before the Oscars that it's easy to get mixed up or for different groups to get lost in the shuffle. But no two groups are perhaps as important as the Producers Guild and the Directors Guild- they're the groups that solidify Oscar front-runners. 8 of the last 10 Best Picture winners have also won at the PGA Awards, and that same statistic applies for the DGA Awards. These are two pretty consistent groups, so everybody places quite a bit of weight on the picks of the two shows. Earlier today, the Producers Guild of America announced their picks for the best films of the year. Here are their nominees for 2016:

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Secret Life of Pets

Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

The Eagle Huntress
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America

The ten nominees chosen by the PGA fit in almost exactly with expectations, with the sole exception of Deadpool. The R-rated superhero romp surprised last week when it received a nomination from the Writers Guild, and while there were some ways to justify that one, this nod from the producers is completely baffling. The question on everyone's mind is- does this mean that we have to treat Deadpool as a serious Oscar contender? Probably not. If we were still on the system of ten guaranteed nominees, then yeah, I would say that Deadpool has a chance. But on the current system, there are some other films on this list that don't even have good odds of making the cut, much less an ultra-violent superhero flick. As of right now, the only locks at the Oscars are La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Fences, and maybe Hidden Figures. Everything else is a total toss-up. Today's nominations provide a nice boost for a couple of films, but in all honesty, the final group of movies nominated for Best Picture will remain somewhat of a mystery until January 24.

Images courtesy of 20th Century Fox

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