WEEKLY WRAP: Guild onslaught, Postlethwaite passes, more best of 2010

Posted by · 7:15 pm · January 7th, 2011

• The Producers’ Guild of America surprised no one with their list of nominees. • The Writers’ Guild, however, threw a few curveballs (aided by assorted ineligibilities), while the USC Scripter Awards surprised some with one of their selections. • In sadder news, we said goodbye to esteemed British character actor Pete Postlethwaite. • After […]

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PGA announces nominees, goes sci-fi

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

The 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 […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar prods, Gotham nods, ‘Amelia’ clods

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 24th, 2009

• The Academy finally named the producers for next year’s Oscar telecast, first-timers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. • All of which added weight to the speculation that Hugh Jackman might return as host. • The Gotham Awards provided the season with its first set of nominees, though it inspired more talk for its omissions. […]

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John Lasseter to receive Selznick Award from PGA

Posted by · 10:42 am · October 21st, 2009

This is turning into quite the year for John Lasseter. A little over a month ago, he and his fellow Pixar directors were honored with the career-achievement Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Now comes the news that Lasseter has been named the 2010 recipent of the Producers Guild of America’s highest career honor, […]

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Guilds announce honorary awards

Posted by · 3:49 pm · October 10th, 2009

When two guilds have already named certain people they plan to honor in 2010 — unlike the Academy, they don’t feel the need to relegate honorary award recipients to a separate ceremony in November — you know the season is upon us. The Producers Guild of America recently announced that their next annual Milestone Award […]

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THE LONG SHOT: What are precursors for, anyway?

Posted by · 11:00 am · September 30th, 2009

I didn’t time my holiday to coincide with the sleepiest week of awards season, but that’s how it panned out anyway. While I spent 10 days drinking my way along the canals of France’s Burgundy region, divorced from my computer screen and, I admit, any thoughts of Oscar whatsoever, the industry, too, took a collective […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Slumdog,’ Sundance, Santa Barbara

Posted by · 7:41 am · January 31st, 2009

It slipped my mind to do this yesterday, but here’s the week that was: • “Slumdog Millionaire” steamrolled through the week’s precursors, taking the Producers Guild Award… • … before landing top honours at the SAG Awards, which we live-blogged for your pleasure. • Still on “Slumdog,” a potential smear campaign against the film was […]

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Will SAG continue the ‘Slumdog’ sweep?

Posted by · 11:04 am · January 25th, 2009

As I anticipated, “Slumdog Millionaire” walked off with the Producers Guild of America Award last night, confirming its status as the unstoppable underdog-turned-juggernaut of this year’s Oscar race. It’s highly significant that Danny Boyle’s film managed to claim this gong, in particular; as Kris pointed out yesterday, of all voting bodies, it’s the PGA that […]

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What will win the PGA?

Posted by · 12:07 pm · January 24th, 2009

Tonight, we will receive our biggest precursor pointer to date, as the Producers Guild of America becomes the first of the guilds to make its final pronouncement. In case you’ve forgotten, the five films vying for the PGA’s top honour are “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk,” “Slumdog Millionaire” — and the one […]

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PGA nominations announced

Posted by · 11:14 am · January 5th, 2009

Well, it seems I was off by one.  Could this be the first year ever that the PGA matches with Oscar 5/5?  We’ll soon find out.  DGA on Thursday (the real precursor to watch), as well as the BFCA Awards. And the nominees are: Motion Picture “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” […]

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