Major guilds announce film nominees, clarifying Oscar field

Hopes that a few of last year’s biggest box-office hits, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “No Time to Die,” might join the best-picture Oscar race were dealt a blow Thursday when several of Hollywood’s top guilds announced their film nominations

Via AP news wire
Thursday 27 January 2022 19:47
Awards Season 2022
Awards Season 2022

Hopes that a few of last year's biggest box-office hits, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “No Time to Die,” might join the best-picture Oscar race were dealt a blow on Thursday when several of Hollywood s top guilds announced their film nominations.

The Producers Guild nominations are considered one of the strongest predictors for what films are most likely to make the Academy Awards best-picture field. Both the PGA Awards and the film academy use a preferential voting ballot and choose 10 nominees, and their picks often closely overlap.

The 10 films up for the producers' top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, are: “Being the Ricardos," “Belfast ” “CODA ” “Don't Look Up,” “Dune,” “King Richard ” “Licorice Pizza,” “The Power of the Dog,” “tick, tick ... BOOM!” and “West Side Story.”

Not every PGA nominee always makes it to a best picture nomination, but in the past three years only one film ("The Father," last year) joined the Oscar field after missing out with the PGA.

The producers, who have nominated films like “The Dark Knight," “Deadpool" and “Skyfall,” are also more likely to nominate big-budget successes than the academy. So that the PGA overlooked “No Time To Die” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” — both of which harbor outside Oscar hopes — suggests their chances are slim at the Academy Awards.

While the producers nominated a number of starry, bigger-budget films in “Dune” (which sold the most tickets of the bunch) and “West Side Story,” five of the nominees came from streamers. Netflix released “The Power of the Dog,” “tick, tick ... BOOM!” and “Don't Look Up.” Apple backed “CODA,” and Amazon Prime Video put out “Being the Ricardos.” Warner Bros.' “Dune” and “King Richard” were also released simultaneously on HBO Max.

Voting for Oscar nominations began Thursday, so the already influential guild awards could have a greater role in this year's thus-far largely virtual awards season. It's also a lengthier one, with the Oscars set for March 27. Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 8.

The Writers Guild turned to many of the same films in their nominations Thursday.

Up for best original screenplay at the WGA Awards are: “Being the Ricardos,” “Don't Look Up,” “The French Dispatch,” “King Richard” and “Licorice Pizza.” The nominees for best adapted screenplay are: “CODA,” “Dune,” “Nightmare Alley,” “tick, tick ... BOOM!” and “West Side Story.”

A handful of notable contenders weren't eligible for WGA Awards, including “Belfast,” “The Power of the Dog" and “The Lost Daughter.”

The Directors Guild was set to announce their picks later Thursday.

A full list of the PGA Awards nominees is available at: https://www.producersguild.org/. The Writers Guild Awards are listed at: https://awards.wga.org/awards/nominees-winners.

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