The 2015 Producers Guild of America have named their nominees for 2015 in film. With a large crossover with the Academy voters, this is a pretty solid guide.
While the favourites Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian are all present and accounted for, there are some pleasantly surprising inclusions – notably Ex Machina and Sicario. While they have been appearing on many critics’ Top 10 lists, their Oscar chances seemed relegated to the technical categories at best.
In terms of nominees, between the PGA and Oscar Best Picture there is rarely a film for film match (Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher were both nominated by the PGA last year), so there is still hope for exclusions Carol (?), Room, The Hateful Eight and The Force Awakens. But the winner of the PGA almost always goes on to win Best Picture so we’re pretty certain our winner is listed below. Inside Out was acknowledged in the Animated category so it still has a shot of making the eventual Best Picture field.
While some nominees like The Big Short and Straight Outta Compton may seem like a surprise, they have been building up momentum, and the Ensemble Cast nomination at the SAG Awards is another one they share.
Here are the nominees:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Straight Outta Compton
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie