Thursday, January 2, 2014

Producers Guild Nominations

The Producers Guild released their nominations today and they barely rocked the boat. In fact they pretty much picked all of the films that's been cited so far this awards season with just the one notable snub.

Producer of the Year Award in Films
  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

The snub would be the Coen brothers Inside Llewyn Davis. It's the only BFCA Best Picture nominee to miss out here since the rest of its fellow nominees made it in. I had always thought the film was one of the frontrunners, but missing out here and getting no love from the actors guild show real vulnerabilities. I would think other films would have been more prone to being ignored such as Dallas Buyers Club, Saving Mr. Banks, or Captain Phillips. In any case, Blue Jasmine is the film that replaced Inside Llewyn Davis, but a Woody Allen film being cited by an industry guild is hardly a game-changer. I liked the film, but I wished this group found room for more smaller films that needed real boosts like Before Midnight or Short Term 12 or perhaps something like The Heat. In any case, like most of awards season, it's going to come down between the two front-runners, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity. Winner will be the heavy favorite for the Oscars.

Producer of the Year Award in Animated Films
  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Epic
  • Frozen
  • Monsters University

Epic? Really? That's a pretty random choice considering it hasn't popped up anywhere else, but the rest were pretty much expected with the lone snub coming in the form of Miyazaki's last film The Wind Rises. I'm just going to assume it was ineligible somehow. With its absence though, this is Frozen's award to lose.

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