Producers Guild Awards Nominations Show Some Sci-Fi Love
by Ethan Anderton
January 5, 2010
Awards season is really heating up with nominations for all kinds of different awards appearing up every week. This week the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced their nominations for the producing equivalent of Best Picture in feature films, animation and documentary. Unlike some other nominations, the PGA awards are usually a good indicator of what the Best Picture race for the Oscars will look like, and you might be surprised to see quite the science fiction presence on the lists this year. But let's not forget that The Dark Knight was nominated last year and then later snubbed at the Oscars. Check out the full list below!
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award:
Avatar - James Cameron, Jon Landau
District 9 - Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson
An Education - Producers: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
The Hurt Locker - Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.
Inglourious Basterds - Producer: Lawrence Bender
Invictus - Producers: Clint Eastwood, Rob Lorenz, Lori McCreary , Mace Neufeld
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire - Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness
Star Trek - Producers: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof
Up - Producer: Jonas Rivera
Up in the Air - Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.
PGA Producer of the Year Award in Animation:
9 - Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.
Coraline - Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.
Fantastic Mr. Fox - Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.
The Princess and the Frog - Producer: Peter Del Vecho
Up - Producer: Jonas Rivera
PGA Producer of the Year Award in Documentaries:
Burma VJ - Producer: Lise Lense-Moller
The Cove - Producers: Paula DuPre Pesman, Fisher Stevens
Sergio - Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.
Soundtrack for a Revolution - Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.
As you'll see science fiction got quite the awards boost this year as Avatar, District 9 and even Star Trek all received the PGA equivalent of the Best Picture nom. Of course with 10 nominees, it's anybody's game, but my bet is that the sci-fi presence will be reduced by at least one, and I'm sorry to say that Star Trek might be the one getting the boot. But anything could happen! It's also very interesting to note that Pixar's Up not only received a nomination in the animation category but also in the regular category as well. So it's a safe bet that Up will be the first animated film nominated for Best Picture since 1991's Beauty and the Beast.
As far as the rest of the noms, I'm pretty pleased with only one small quibble: the animation category. Despite a lack of critical and audience interest, I thought 9 was a spectacular animated film, and I'm happy to see it getting some awards recognition. However, I would just as soon toss out The Princess and the Frog to include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Sure Disney was bold enough to return to 2-D animation, but they just didn't bring the magic that filled my childhood with films like The Lion King and Aladdin. On the other hand, Meatballs, made me feel like a kid again and had stunning visuals and a smart bit of humor.