The mainstream media grants little-to-no attention toward the PGA Awards, but their influence over the Academy and the Best Picture nominees is absolutely impossible to refute. IndieWIRE points out that, in the past four years, all the recipients of the top Oscar prize have been victorious with the PGA; if that weren’t enough — when, let’s be honest, it should be — nine out of last year’s ten nominees were recognized by the group.
They’re kind of a big deal, is the point that needs to be communicated.
Because of that, though, the 2012 selections raise a couple of eyebrows. No one is surprised to see The Artist, The Descendants, War Horse, or even Hugo stake their claim — it’s very likely that one of the four will win Best Picture — yet, with those previously-stated facts in mind, the recognition of Bridesmaids, The Ides of March, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are plenty surprising. All of those are generally considered to be good, respectable films — but Best Picture contenders? No, not really.
Then you think about the exclusion of The Tree of Life or Extremely Loud; the latter isn’t a shock after the critics had their say, though I figured it was good for a pity nomination. The former, however, has been building a lot of steam these past few months with critics’ groups across the country; that’s very likely been stopped dead in its tracks. It’s not that Terrence Malick‘s latest needs awards attention to justify its greatness — no film ever will, as a matter of fact — but it’s a sign that this year’s Oscars are, in terms of excitement, going to be a tad dry.
Read the full list below, along with a mention of the special honor recipients:
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 3, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; and The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television. The documentary film category and other television category nominations were already announced by the Guild in December 2011.
All 2012 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 21, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the Producers Guild will also award special honors to Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award), and IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (The Stanley Kramer Award). The 2012 Producers Guild Awards co-chairs are Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim.
The 2012 Producers Guild nominated films and television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category, along with producers. The producers’ names listed for each nominated production are listed in alphabetical order and are not necessarily the proper order of credits.
The theatrical motion picture nominees are:
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Producer: Thomas Langmann
Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend
Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin
Producers: Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green
Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese
THE IDES OF MARCH
Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
Producers: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Producer: Denise Ream
KUNG FU PANDA 2
Producer: Melissa Cobb
PUSS IN BOOTS
Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou
Producers: John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski
Are you satisfied with this selection? What choices or snubs stand out?