The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced their 2011 nominees this morning and I can’t say I’m entirely surprised by the films nominated as seven of them are among my top contenders to be nominated for Best Picture — The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball and War Horse — but a couple of unlikely contenders have found their way into the mix as well.
First off, I have David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ranked #13 on my Best Picture preditions, but a nomination from the PGA definitely gives it a bump, but more importantly is the inclusion of the Universal comedy, Bridesmaids, which has definitely made a move as of late with Universal making a big push for the feature and perhaps it’s high time I added it to my list of potential Best Picture nominees.
The Ides of March is another title nominated by the PGA that I don’t currently have among my top eight films, but I do have it ranked in the #10 slot.
Notable omissions include The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, these nominations essentially end up serving as the one more nail in the coffin of Extremely Loud as that is one film that would have definitely benefit from PGA support, though it seems Scott Rudin found support for his other film, Dragon Tattoo.
As far as these nominees matching up with Oscar’s Best Picture nominees, it’s not exactly a perfect match though last year the only difference was The Town received a PGA nomination while Winter’s Bone took the tenth and final spot at the Oscars. The year before that Invictus and Star Trek were nominated for PGA Awards only to watch A Serious Man and The Blind Side receive Oscar nominations. And the year before that The Dark Knight received the PGA nom while The Reader took the fifth and final spot at the Oscars.
So while these are definitely a major help when attempting to predict this year’s Oscar crop, I’m not going to be placing Bridesmaids among my list of nominees yet, though I clearly need to add it to the list. Additionally, with the Academy not offering up a guaranteed ten nominees this year, that also helps cut the field down a bit as Extremely Loud is the only film among my top eight not to be nominated.
I have included all of the nominees for film, television and web series directly below. Have a look and chime in in the comments. Do you see Bridesmaids getting a Best Picture nom? How about Dragon Tattoo?
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
The television nominees are:
The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television:
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
Sports Programs: (*There was a tie, which is why there are six nominees.)