Oscar prognosticators pay special attention to the Producers Guild of America (PGA), which announced their nominees this week, including their picks for the ten best films of the year.
So why do they matter? For one thing The PGA has a great track record for predicting the best picture Oscar since 1990, when they awarded Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck their best film award for Driving Miss Daisy. A little gold Oscar statuette soon followed.
Last year, the PGA awarded The Artist with its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in theatrical motion pictures, which marked the fifth consecutive year the Producers Guild winners have dovetailed with the Motion Picture Academy’s choices. This includes the Guild’s choice of The Hurt Locker over Avatar in 2010 for best picture, which almost no one else saw coming.
Skyfall, which hasn’t been included in the awards chatter up to now – despite earning more than a billion dollars at the box office — just got an extra boost from the PGA when it made its top ten movie list. Other nominees were more predictable: Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty.
All 2013 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on Jan. 26, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the Producers Guild will also present special honors to Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Milestone Award). And even if Les Miz doesn’t win, the film’s producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner should have a good time, since they will receive the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
J.J. Abrams will receive the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. Russell Simmons will receive the Visionary Award and Bully the Stanley Kramer Award.
The Producers Guild also nominates television programs in various categories like live entertainment and talk television, along with comedy sitcom and children’s programs.
The nominated films and television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category, along with producers. The producers’ names are listed in alphabetical order and not necessarily the proper order of credits.
The theatrical motion picture nominees are:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“Argo” (Warner Bros.); Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
“Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company); Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher
“Les Misérables” (Universal Pictures); Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi” (Fox 2000 Pictures); Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
“Lincoln” (Touchstone Pictures); Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
“Moonrise Kingdom” (Focus Features); Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales
“Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company); Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon
“Skyfall” (Columbia Pictures); Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
“Zero Dark Thirty” (Columbia Pictures); Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“Brave” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures); Producer: Katherine Sarafian
“Frankenweenie” (Walt Disney Pictures); Producers: Allison Abbate, Tim Burton
“ParaNorman” (Focus Features); Producers: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
“Rise of the Guardians” (Paramount Pictures); Producers: Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg
“Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures); Producer: Clark Spencer
The television nominees are:
The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:
“American Horror Story” (FX); Producers: Brad Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Chip Vucelich, Alexis Martin Woodall
“The Dust Bowl” (PBS); Producers: Producer Eligibility Pending
“Game Change” (HBO); Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Jay Roach, Amy Sayres, Steven Shareshian, Danny Strong
“Hatfields & McCoys” (History); Producers: Barry Berg, Kevin Costner, Darrell Fetty, Leslie Greif, Herb Nanas
“Sherlock” (PBS); Producers: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Beryl Vertue, Sue Vertue
The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series.
In November 2012, the Producers Guild of America announced the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture, Television Series and Non-Fiction Television Nominations; the following list includes complete producer credits.
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“A People Uncounted” (Urbinder Films); Producers: Marc Swenker, Aaron Yeger
“The Gatekeepers” (Sony Pictures Classics); Producers: Estelle Fialon, Philippa Kowarsky, Dror Moreh
“The Island President” (Samuel Goldwyn Films); Producers: Richard Berg, Bonni Cohen
“The Other Dream Team” (The Film Arcade); Producers: Marius Markevicius, Jon Weinbach
“Searching For Sugar Man” (Sony Pictures Classics); Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:
“Breaking Bad” (AMC); Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett
“Downton Abbey” (PBS); Producers: Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge
“Game of Thrones” (HBO); Producers: David Benioff, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, D.B. Weiss
“Homeland” (Showtime); Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm
“Mad Men” (AMC); Producers: Jon Hamm, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Victor Levin, Blake McCormick, Matthew Weiner
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
“30 Rock” (NBC); Producers: Irene Burns, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Vali Chandrasekaran, Luke Del Tredici, Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard, Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer, Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Dylan Morgan, Jeff Richmond, John Riggi, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS); Producers: Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Faye Oshima Belyeu, Bill Prady
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO); Producers: Alec Berg, Larry Charles, Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Tim Gibbons, David Mandel, Erin O’Malley, Jeff Schaffer, Laura Streicher
“Louie” (FX); Producers: Dave Becky, M. Blair Breard, Louis C.K.
“Modern Family” (ABC); Producers: Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
“American Masters” (PBS); Producers: Prudence Glass, Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel Channel); Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandy Zweig
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel); Producers: Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, Sean Dash, John Gray, Sheila McCormack, Bill Pruitt, Decker Watson
“Inside the Actors Studio” (Bravo); Producers: James Lipton, Shawn Tesser, Jeff Wurtz
“Shark Tank” (ABC); Producers: Rhett Bachner, Becky Blitz, Mark Burnett, Bill Gaudsmith, Yun Lingner, Brien Meagher, Clay Newbill, Jim Roush, Laura Skowlund, Paul Sutera, Patrick Wood
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central); Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC); Producers: David Craig, Ken Crosby, Doug DeLuca, Erin Irwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Jill Leiderman, Jason Schrift, Jennifer Sharron
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (NBC); Producers: Hillary Hunn, Lorne Michaels, Gavin Purcell, Michael Shoemaker
“Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO); Producers: Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC); Producers: Ken Aymong, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
“The Amazing Race” (CBS); Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC); Producers: Ashley Edens Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur
“Project Runway” (Lifetime); Producers: Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Colleen Sands
“Top Chef” (Bravo); Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Dan Murphy, Nan Strait
“The Voice” (NBC); Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John De Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Nicolle Yaron, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker
The following programs were not vetted for producer eligibility this year, but winners in these categories will be announced at the official ceremony on January 26:
The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:
“Catching Hell” (ESPN)
“The Fight Game with Jim Lampley” (HBO)
“On Freddie Roach” (HBO)
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:
“Good Luck Charlie” (Disney Channel)
“Phineas and Ferb” (Disney Channel)
“Sesame Street” (PBS)
“The Weight of the Nation for Kids: The Great Cafeteria Takeover” (HBO)
The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:
“30 Rock: The Webisodes” (www.nbc.com)
“Bravo’s Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen” (www.bravotv.com)
“Dexter Early Cuts: All in the Family” (www.sho.com)
“The Guild” (www.watchtheguild.com)
“H+ The Digital Series” (www.youtube.com/user/HplusDigitalSeries)
“Red vs. Blue” (www.roosterteeth.com)