Producers Guild Nominations Enhance ‘Chicago 7’ and ‘Nomadland’

For the past two years, every film that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars was nominated first by the influential Producers Guild of America. Few precursors to the award season can offer such an iron guarantee.

So expect this year’s PGA Award nominees, announced on Monday, to separate most potential competitors from the films that will actually distance themselves.

Here is the list of nominees:

“Borat Subsequent Movie”

“Judas and the Black Messiah”

“Ma Rainey’s black bum”

“Defect”

“Threatening”

“Nomadland”

“One night in Miami”

“Promising young woman”

“Sound of Metal”

“The Trial of Chicago 7”

The PGA cast brought expected good news for films like Nomadland, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Mank, which have performed strongly in most of the ceremonies this season so far. Other well-positioned contestants like “Promising Young Woman,” “Minari,” “One Night in Miami” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” also landed on the list and should make the final cut of the nominees when the Oscar nominations are announced March, 15.

With a string of supporting cast wins for Daniel Kaluuya at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, Judas and the Black Messiah has amassed a crucial late-season momentum, and its inclusion on the PGA is further proof that historic Drama on the rise is strong.

Two Amazon films with an outdoor shot in a nomination for best picture, the comedy “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and the intimate Riz Ahmed drama “Sound of Metal” also had hopes when they got on the PGA list. It was a very good day for the streamer: Together with “One Night in Miami”, Amazon achieved three PGA nominations, the same number as arch-rival Netflix.

But one notable Netflix entry, Spike Lee’s Vietnam drama “Da 5 Bloods,” was rejected by producers, the most recent abandonment after a very spotty run in the awards season. The once-awaited Oscar nominations for Lee and his lead actor Delroy Lindo now seem to be going on for a long time. It is unlikely that the film will provide the best picture ever.

Another surprising exclusion: “The Father” with performances by Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, who are certain to be nominated for an Oscar. It can be the best picture bubble if the manufacturer list includes a hint. And while the Producers Guild often tends to go for expensive studio rates, the group has snapped two of the only big films in the competition this year, Universal’s “News of the World” and Disney-Pixar’s “Soul”.

The winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on March 24th.

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