Major Guilds Announce Film Nominees, Clarify Oscar Field

By Jake Coyle | Associated press

NEW YORK — Hopes that some of last year’s biggest box office hits, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “No Time to Die,” could join the top Oscar race, have received a blow Thursday when several of them The best guilds of Hollywood announced their nominations for the films.

Producers Guild nominations are considered to be one of the best predictors of which films are most likely to be among the best films at the Oscars. The PGA Awards and the film academy use a ranked ballot and choose 10 nominees, and their choices often overlap closely.

The 10 films in the running for the top producers’ 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 all PGA nominees always achieve a Best Picture nomination, but in the past three years only one film (“The Father,” last year) has made it to the Oscars field after missing out on the Oscars. PGA.

Producers, who have named films like “The Dark Knight,” “Deadpool” and “Skyfall,” are also more likely to name big-budget hits than the academy. While the PGA’s neglect of “No Time To Die” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” — both of which harbor hopes outside of the Oscars — suggests their chances at the Oscars are slim.

While the producers named a number of star-studded, 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 supported “CODA” and Amazon Prime Video released “Being the Ricardos”. Warner Bros.’ “Dune” and “King Richard” also released simultaneously on HBO Max.

Later Thursday, the Directors Guild followed up with their nominations. The nominees for the highest honor of the DGA Awards are: Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”), Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”), Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story” ) and Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”).

These nominees not only provide some insight into the most likely Oscar nominees for directing, but also suggest that these five movies are the frontrunners for a Best Picture nomination. Over the past decade, every film nominated by the DGA has won Best Picture at the Oscars.

Campion, nominated by the DGA for “The Piano” in 1993, is only the second woman to be nominated twice for the guild’s highest award. This is Spielberg’s 12th nomination from the Directors Guild, not including the Lifetime Achievement Award he received in 2000. He has won three times previously.

Four women were among the guild’s nominees for Best First Feature for Director. The nominees are: Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”), Rebecca Hall (“Passing”), Tatiana Huezo (“Prayers for the Stolen”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Tick, Tick…BOOM!”), Michael Sarnoski (“Pig”) and Emma Seligman (“Shiva Baby”).

Voting for the Oscar nominations began on Thursday as the Guild nominations rolled in. That moment could be that Guild Rewards might have a bigger influence on this year’s largely virtual rewards season due to the pandemic. It’s also longer, with the Oscars scheduled for March 27. Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards will be announced on February 8.

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

The best original screenplays 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 were ineligible for the WGA Awards, including “Belfast,” “The Power of the Dog,” and “The Lost Daughter.”

A full list of PGA Award nominees is available at: https://www.producersguild.org/. They will be distributed on March 19.

The Directors Guild Awards, which are listed at https://www.dga.org/awards/annual.aspx, will take place on March 12.

The Writers Guild Awards, which will take place on March 20, are listed at: https://awards.wga.org/awards/nominees-winners.


Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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