PGA announces nominees, goes sci-fi

Posted by · 6:13 am · January 5th, 2010

Sharlto Copley in District 9The most striking thing about the slate of nominees unveiled this morning by the Producers Guild of America is a heavy genre slant: all three of 2009’s acclaimed science-fiction mega-hits made the cut in the top category.

Of course, that’s not all that surprising coming from the producers, whose appreciation of financial success tends to give populist contenders a leg up in their awards. (The first “Harry Potter” film was nommed back in 2001, after all.) I wouldn’t count on the trio of “Avatar,” “District 9” and “Star Trek” all making the Oscar cut, though two is a distinct possibility.

Nobody should be surprised by this point that “Nine” was left off the list; this is merely the first concrete evidence we’ve had that awards hopes for the critically and commercially embattled film are fading fast.

Full list of nominees, including animated and documentary categories (why just four slots for the latter?), after the cut.

Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
“District 9”
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Star Trek”
“Up in the Air”

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
“Burma VJ”
“The Cove”
“Soundtrack for a Revolution”

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  • 1 1-05-2010 at 10:52 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I’m beyond ecstatic that District 9 and Star Trek were both included. Sure, both making the BP cut would be somewhat insane. But I’ve been predicting District 9 for some time, so it feels more solid now. Yay.

    This is tragic for A Serious Man. As much as the lot of us WANT it to happen, it’s being snubbed everywhere and it’s only shot remains with WGA. I don’t think the sentiment there will be enough to propel it to a BP nom.

    Besides, in a year of sci-fi, it makes more sense to have 2 of the 3 nominated. Thus:

    District 9
    An Education
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    The Messenger
    Up in the Air

    I will still hold out minor hope for a miracle on Oscar morning (A Serious Man over anything, really), but meh. Their best isn’t my best.

  • 2 1-05-2010 at 11:00 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Oh, and I echo the DGA/Oscar vibes about Lone Scherfig. With this being a fantastic year for female-helmed films, the directors themselves are certainly well aware. And I think her nom would only further solidify the chances of the hopeful winner, Kathryn Bigelow.

    Plus, I’ve just always felt that An Education was more of the fifth-slotter than Precious. The guild nods have been proving their support. So, I hope DGA will do the same. Just please don’t be Eastwood….

  • 3 1-05-2010 at 11:16 am

    Joe said...

    “A Serious Man” and “The Messenger” were probably too tiny to make the PGA list anyway, but this kills the chances of “The Hangover” and “The Blind Side”. I was still gonna go with these two for BP, but I’m not sure any more. Especially with 10 slots, usually the “big hits with good-not-great reviews” sneak in. But not “Blind Side” or “Hangover”. Or, for that matter, the two Meryl Streep films.

  • 4 1-05-2010 at 1:04 pm

    JohnathanTravolta said...

    Nine is the Austrailia for 09

  • 5 1-05-2010 at 9:07 pm

    Troy said...

    “…ever since “The Incredibles” (which was great) they’ve been bizarrely getting more and more cred for weaker and weaker films.”


  • 6 1-06-2010 at 3:45 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    “An Education was a commercial flop, regardless of what the fanboys say”

    I wasn’t aware “An Education” HAD “fanboys.” Talk about a word that has lost its meaning.

  • 7 1-06-2010 at 5:29 am

    Morgan said...

    I don’t think “An Education” has fanboys, but Cary Mulligan sure does…

  • 8 1-06-2010 at 6:05 am

    Eunice said...

    I just saw ‘An Education’, and regardless what some posters have said, I believe it deserves the nom it just got from the PGA. I don’t think the PGA was just looking at the box office returns, although admittedly that could always be a factor. I’m rooting for ‘An Education’ to make it to the final ten by the time they announce the Oscar nominations. It truly is one of the best movies of the year.