Black Panther and A Quiet Place are among the 10 films nominated for the Producers Guild of America's Daryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Pictures, which is the organization's Best Picture award. As most cinephiles know, awards season has been in full swing for the past couple of months, with numerous Oscar precursors weighing in and naming their choices for the best in film. In contrast to previous years, several major categories remain wide open, so film buffs have been watching with great interest to see which movies and performances pull ahead.
The acting races received some clarity recently when the Screen Actors Guild unveiled their nominations. Typically, the various industry guilds are the strongest prognosticators for the upcoming Academy Awards, since there tends to be much overlap between their selections and the Oscars. This meant the Producers Guild nominations were highly-anticipated, and now we know which films are realistically in contention for the Best Picture win.
Today, the PGA announced their nominations (hat tip Variety). Many of these titles will be familiar to those who have been keeping tabs on the race from the beginning, but there are a couple of surprises thrown in there for good measure. Below is the full list of Best Picture nominees:
- Black Panther
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Crazy Rich Asians
- The Favourite
- Green Book
- A Quiet Place
- A Star is Born
Arguably the most glaring snub on this list is Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, which received widespread critical acclaim and picked up several key mentions earlier in the season. Obviously, it struggled to connect with many awards voters; Regina King was a notable omission from SAG's Best Supporting Actress field, so Beale Street's awards hopes took a considerable hit lately. The last time the Oscars' Best Picture winner was not recognized by the PGA (either via win or nomination) was 1995, when the PGA simply named Apollo 13 their Best Picture without listing any other nominees. So, history dictates one of these 10 films will secure the top prize on Oscar Sunday. There's still plenty of campaigning to be done, but the field is thinning out.
As is the case with all Oscar precursors, there will likely be some outliers from the PGA nominations. For instance, last year, films like Molly's Game, I, Tonya, and Wonder Woman were in the running for the Zanuck award, but couldn't crack the Oscar lineup. Plausibly, one or two of these will be passed over by the Academy in favor of something like Beale Street or First Man, so it'll be interesting to see how things play out from here.