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Producers Guild of America and Art Directors Guild nominations announced

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Well folks, the Producers Guild of America just made the Best Picture race a whole lot more interesting than it already was. Just a few minutes ago, the Producers Guild (or PGA) announced the ten nominees for their top prize, which is the most accurate barometer for Best Picture at the Oscars that we have. Now, there’s never a 100% correlation between PGA voters and Academy members, but there’s plenty of crossover, so this is something to pay attention to. The Academy is casting their ballots now, which makes this a definite influence. As such, the surprises and snubs are all the more relevant today.

PGA snubbed Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Creed, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, Joy, Room, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Steve Jobs, and Trumbo, hurting all of them in the race for Best Picture nominations at the Academy Awards (though I think Carol and Room survive to still get into the final lineup), while the guild also gave new life to Ex Machina, Sicario, and Straight Outta Compton, all three of which can now make the case that they’re heavily in the running for a nod (I think Straight Outta Compton might even be locked in now). Noms for The Big Short and Spotlight seem a certainty now, while Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, and The Revenant seem safer now than they might have been just yesterday. It’s a bit of a mess, but it’s going to make the last bit of Phase One all the more interesting. Sit tight until later on this week, when I try to sort it all out with some new predictions. In the meantime, take a look below at what the PGA nominations in total looked like, along with the Art Directors Guild nominations from this morning as well…

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Here now are the nominations from the Producers Guild of America:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Big Short

Producers: Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Bridge of Spies

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger


Producers: Finola Dwyer & Amanda Posey

Ex Machina

This film is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

Mad Max: Fury Road

Producers: Doug Mitchell & George Miller

The Martian

Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam

The Revenant

Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon


Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith


Producers: Michael Sugar & Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust

Straight Outta Compton

Producers: Ice Cube & Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre, Scott Bernstein

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:


Producers: Rosa Tran, Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

The Good Dinosaur

Producer: Denise Ream

Inside Out

Producer: Jonas Rivera


Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

The Peanuts Movie

Producers: Craig Schulz, Michael J. Travers

The television nominees are:

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

*The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series.

American Crime (Season 1)

This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5)

Producers: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Brad Buecker, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Alexis Martin Woodall, Robert M. Williams Jr.

Fargo (Season 2)

Producers: Noah Hawley, John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Warren Littlefield, Kim Todd

True Detective (Season 2)

Producers: Nic Pizzolatto, Scott Stephens, Steve Golin, Aida Rodgers

A Very Murray Christmas

This show is in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

Back on Board: Greg Louganis


Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans

Kareem: Minority of One

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:

30 for 30 Shorts

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Epic Rap Battles of History

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Double Agent

This American Life Presents: Videos 4 U

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Here also are the nominations from the Art Directors Guild:

Contemporary Film
Ex Machina — Mark Digby
Joy — Judy Becker
The Martian — Arthur Max
Sicario — Patrice Vermette
Spectre — Dennis Gassner

Period Film
Bridge of Spies — Adam Stockhausen
Crimson Peak — Thomas E. Sanders
The Danish Girl — Eve Stewart
The Revenant — Jack Fisk
Trumbo — Mark Ricker

Fantasy Film
Cinderella — Dante Ferretti
Jurassic World — Edward Verreaux
Mad Max: Fury Road — Colin Gibson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Rick Carter, Darren Gilford
Tomorrowland — Scott Chambliss

One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series
Downton Abbey: “A Moorland Holiday” — Donal Woods
Game of Thrones: “High Sparrow,” “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” “Hardhome” — Deborah Riley
Gotham: “Strike Force,” “Dammed If You Do…” — Richard Berg
The Knick: “Ten Knots,” “The Best with the Best to Get the Best,” “Wonderful Surprises” — Howard Cummings
Mad Men: “Person to Person” — Dan Bishop

One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series
Better Call Saul: “Five-O,” “Rico,” “Marco” — Tony Fanning
Empire: “Pilot” — Steve Saklad
Homeland: “The Tradition of Hospitality,” “All about Allison,” “The Litvinov Ruse” — John D. Kretschmer
House of Cards: “Chapter 29,” “Chapter 36” — Steve Arnold
True Detective: “The Western Book of the Dead,” “Night Finds You,” “Omega Station” — Alex Digerlando

Television Movie or Limited Series
American Horror Story: Hotel: “Checking in” — Mark Worthington
Bessie — Clark Hunter
Fargo: “Waiting for Dutch,” “Before the Law,” “Fear and Trembling” — Warren Alan Young
Tut: “Power,” “Betrayal,” “Destiny” — Michael Hanan
Wolf Hall: “Three Card Trick” — Pat Campbell

Half Hour Single-Camera Series
The Last Man on Earth: “Alive in Tucson,” “Is Anybody out There?,” “Silent Night” — Bruce Robert Hill
The Muppets: “The Ex-Factor,” “Pig’s in a Blanket” — Denise Pizzini
Silicon Valley: “Sand Hill Shuffle,” “Homicide,” “Adult Content” — Richard Toyon
Transparent: “Kina Hora,” “The Book of Life,” “Oscillate” — Cat Smith
Veep: “Joint Session,” “Election Night” — James Gloster

Multi-Camera Series
2 Broke Girls: “And the Escape Room,” “And the Maybe Baby,”“and the Coming out Party” — Glenda Rovello
The Big Bang Theory: “The Skywalker Incursion,” “The Mystery Date Observation,” “The Platonic Permutation” — John Shaffner
Clipped: “Dreamers,” “Wi-Fi,” “World’s Rudest Barbershop” — Greg Grande
Mom: “Mashed Potatoes and a Little Nitrous,” “Six Popes and Red Ferrari,”“Fun Girl Stuff and Eternal Salvation” — John Shaffner
Truth Be Told: “Pilot,” “Big Black Coffee,” “Members Only” — Stephan Olson

Awards or Event Special
67th Annual Emmy Awards — Tamlyn Wright, Baz Halpin
The American Music Awards: 2015 — Joe Stewart, John Shaffner
The 2015 Oscars — Derek McLane
Saturday Night Live: “40th Anniversary Special” — Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N . Joseph Detullio, Peter Baran
The Wiz Live — Derek Mclane

Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial
American Horror Story: Hotel: “Hallways” — Zach Mathews
Apple Music: “The History of Sound” — Jess Gonchor
Duracell – Star Wars: “Battle for Christmas Morning” — Tom Meyer
Madonna: “Ghosttown” — Emma Fairley
Victoria’s Secret: “Rome” — Jeffrey Beecroft

Variety, Reality or Competition Series
Conan: “At Comic-Con” — Christopher Goumas
The Ellen Degeneres Show: “Halloween” — Scott Moses Key & Peele: “Ya’ll Ready for This?” “The End” Production Designer: Gary Kordan
Saturday Night Live: “Tracey Morgan/Demi Lovato,” “Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa,” “Miley Cyrus” — Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph Detullio
Top Chef: “Stop the Presses” — James Pearse Connelly

Stay tuned to see if these guild nominations turn into Oscar nominations in a few weeks!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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