Jan 062016
 

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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

Brooklyn

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Anomalisa

The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

Minions

The Peanuts Movie

Jan 262015
 

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The Screen Actors Guild awards have been announced, and they contain both upsets and the expected. The Supporting Male & Female Actor and Leading Female Actor categories at the Oscars seem like a give, with Simmons, Arquette and Moore all wining in their respective categories at the SAGs. It’s almost impossible to imagine these three not being the Academy Award winners in 4 weeks time.

In what some would call a major upset, Eddie Redmayne took home the SAG for leading actor. Keaton would have probably been the favourite here, so this was a surprise. Both men won Golden Globes, but the SAG has to tip the scales in Redmayne’s favour. It certainly seems that the other three nominees are completely out of the Oscar race now.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Julianne Moore Still Alice

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

J.K. Simmons Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette Boyhood

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The cast of Birdman

A full list of SAG award winners (including the television categories) can be found here.

 
Producers Guild Awards

The 26th annual Producers Guild Awards gave their top honour to Birdman, giving the film an edge over Boyhood in the best picture Oscar race.  How much of an edge? From Deadline, “Since instituting the top prize in 1989, they have deviated from the ultimate Academy (whose producers they also vet) Best Picture choice six times, most recently in 2006 when they chose Little Miss Sunshine while Oscar went with The Departed“. So while it’s not a given, it is a strong tick in Birdman‘s column, as is the win for ensemble cast at the SAGs – the industry likes Birdman.

The PGAs give absolutely no indication as to which animated or documentary film will win their respective Oscar categories, as PGA winners The LEGO Movie and Life Itself are not nominated in the best animated film or best documentary film categories.

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

Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producer: Dan Lin

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures)
Producers: Garrett Basch, Steve James, Zak Piper

A full list of Producers Guild Award winners (including the Television categories), can be found here.

Jan 062015
 

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The Producer’s Guild of America have announced their ten Best Feature nominees for the 2014 year in cinema.

American Sniper
Producers: Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Andrew Lazar, Robert Lorenz and Peter Morgan

Birdman
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood
Producers: Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland

Foxcatcher
Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik and Bennett Miller

Gone Girl
Producer: Ceán Chaffin

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Producers: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson and Steven Rales

The Imitation Game
Producers: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman

Nightcrawler
Producers: Jennifer Fox and Tony Gilroy

The Theory of Everything
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten

Whiplash
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster

Thoughts on these nominees, plus the nominees for production in documentary and animated films, and the editing guild award nominees (The Eddies) can be found after the jump.

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Jan 202014
 

The SAG and PGA award winners have been announced, tightening up the race for the Oscars.

First the SAGs – with Jared Leto, Matthew McConaghey and Cate Blanchett  repeating their Golden Globe wins, these three are the clear favourites in their respective categories.  I think Leonardo DiCaprio could potentially upset McConaghey, but it’s hard to see either Leto or Blanchett not taking hold the coveted Oscar statues.

Lupta Nyong’o won outstanding female actor in a supporting role for her powerful performance in 12 Years A Slave. It’s going to be a tough to call between Jennifer Lawrence (for American Hustle  -she won the Globe) and Nyong’o in the supporting female actor race at the Oscars. Oscar-winner Lawrence is much-loved and has the much-admired David O. Russell behind her; but I feel that this category belongs to Nyong’o. Her performance was just so incredibly commanding – even more so when you consider this is her first major role acting role.

The PGAs surprised everyone (and made it harder to pick a clear best picture favourite) by awarding the top prize to two films (a tie), for the first time in the guild’s 25 year history. 12 Years A Slave and Gravity were jointly awarded The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. This award often gives the clearest indicator of the front-runner for the best picture Oscar…not this year!

The PGA for outstanding producer of a documentary was awarded to the Wikileaks doco, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks which didn’t even make the short-list of 15 documentaries for the Oscar nomination. Frozen picked up best producer of an animated film, cementing its place as the front-runner for best animated Oscar.

While it’s not eligible for any Oscars, it was nice to see Behind the Candelabra pick up two wins from the guild awards – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Michael Douglas) and The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television.

With only the WGA, DGA and BAFTA awards left (from the big awards), the Oscar race is certainly starting to have very clear favourites in some categories, while in others it is wide open.

Oh I do love award season!

The full list of SAG and PGA award winners (film/miniseries & TV Movie categories) are after the jump.

 

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Jan 282013
 

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The Producers and Actors guilds have each given our their annual awards in ceremonies held over the weekend, with Argo fearing well in both. The Academy Award nominee for Best Picture picked up (for producers Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov) won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards; while at the SAG Awards, Argo took home the honours for best ensemble cast. The winner of the PGA award for best film has won the Best Picture Oscar the last 5 years in a row [source], and all but 7 times in the last 24 years. Is Argo a certainty? No, of course not, but it is making the race for the big one even more exciting.

Jennifer Lawrence strengthened her chances in the Best Actress race, taking home the SAG for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor SAG and seems to be a certainty to win the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Abraham Lincoln.

Full feature film winners from each of the respective guild awards are listed below.
 

PGA Awards

Film: Argo
Animated Feature: Wreck-it Ralph
Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man
 

SAG Awards

Male Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Female Actor in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Argo

By Sam McCosh