Producers Guild Nominees Solidify Best Picture Finalists (AWARDS 2020)

The likely Best Picture contenders for this year’s Oscars can be found in the 10 nominees for the Producers Guild of America award.

The nominations for the 32nd Annual Producers Guild of America awards — honoring the best produced movies of 2020 — have been announced. The nominees were fairly predictable, although two snubs were downright shockers.

An equivalent to the Academy Awards’ Best Picture category, the PGA nominations are generally a good sign of where industry heads are at and what movies they’re gravitating towards.

This year for their ten nominees, the PGA largely followed where other awards shows have already tread, including major contenders like Nomadland, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

However, there were two surprising omissions: Spike Lee‘s Da 5 Bloods and the Tom Hanks western News of the World. Once thought to be easy ins for Academy Award Best Picture nominations, the lack of PGA nods suggests they’re fading fast.

Instead, surging indies like Minari, Sound of Metal, and Promising Young Woman took their place, as did upstart Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the Sacha Baron Cohen sequel that’s riding a liberal political wave within the industry.

A less surprising snub but still notable (because of how good it is), the Alzheimer’s drama The Father starring Anthony Hopkins. Historically, a diss by the PGA usually crushes any Best Picture Oscar hopes that a movie may have (even if they do end up snagging a nomination).

Also of note: Producers Guild history was made by the three nominated producers of Judas and the Black Messiah. The trio of Charles D. King, Ryan Coogler, and Shaka King (who also directed) became the first all-black team of producers to be nominated by the PGA in the 30+ years of their awards.

Speaking of history, streamers dominated. 6 of the 10 nominees have played almost exclusively on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Two others have played simultaneously in theaters and online via HBO Max and Hulu. Only two — Minari and Promising Young Woman — debuted with exclusive theatrical runs before adding at-home PVOD options.

Winners will be announced during the Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, one month before the Academy Awards.

Producers Guild of America
2020 Nominees

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

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Mank
  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • One Night in Miami
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

  • The Croods: A New Age
  • Onward
  • Over the Moon
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers

Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures

  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
  • Dick Johnson is Dead
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • Softie
  • A Thousand Cuts
  • Time
  • The Truffle Hunters

2020 PGA Honorees – To Be Announced

  • Milestone Award (recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry)
  • David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures
  • Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
  • Visionary Award (recognizing unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance)
  • Stanley Kramer Award (an achievement or contribution that illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues)

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2020 / 21 season:

Critics Choice Award Winners
Golden Globe Award Winners
Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations
National Board of Review
National Society of Film Critics
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics

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