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Will PGA mess with Oscar’s Best Picture race? – Awards Tracker

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As the Academy continues to tinker with its Best Picture category, shifting from a guaranteed 10 nominees to a fluid “as many as we need” approach to the annual awards race, the Producers Guild might create a ripple that drastically affects how certain studios run.

The PGA announced that it will stay with 10 nominees for its top producing category, a shift it made with the Academy in 2009. That immediately begs the question of what will happen to the films that are honored by the PGA but overlooked in Oscar’s Best Picture race.

On the surface? Nothing. It will create minor controversies that awards bloggers can obsess over. And it might alter how studios campaign for their perceived Oscar contenders. THR brings up the blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” as an example, wondering what would happen if the film earned a well-deserved PGA nod yet failed to score a Best Picture nomination.

“The Potter-philes will be up in arms about the Oscar lockout. The PGA will look inclusive, and Oscars not so much. And the Academy will find itself back where it was three years ago, fending off accusations of elitism,” the trade speculates.

And that’s possible. But do you know how Team Potter can seek comfort? Look at their box office receipts.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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