It’s no longer a mystery, there are more than ten critical darlings legitimately hoping to make the cut for an Academy Award Best Picture nomination this year. Plus, between five and ten solid underdogs looking for the tiniest of cracks in possibly the most competitive race ever. Therefore, a Producers Guild of America (PGA) nom for any of the two dozen contenders may be just what the doctor prescribed to help avoid the award season neglect syndrome.
Especially as the organization’s members have built themselves a tremendous reputation as Oscar prophets in recent years, anticipating as many as eight out of nine nominees 12 months ago.
Here are the ten candidates for the 2014 Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
- American Hustle
- Blue Jasmine
- Captain Phillips
- Dallas Buyers Club
- Saving Mr. Banks
- 12 Years a Slave
- Wolf of Wall Street
For the most part, you got a field any amateur Oscar bettor would have predicted. Yet there is one big shocker, namely the inclusion of Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and the resulting snub of the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis”.
“Saving Mr. Banks”, which surprisingly underperformed at the Golden Globe noms, once again looks safe, as long as the Oscar list will be as lengthy as the PGA’s, and “The Wolf of Wall Street” is also back in contention after some harsh weeks.
Meanwhile, the always competitive Weinstein Brothers are in their toughest pickle in years, with “Philomena”, “August: Osage County” and “Fruitvale Station” seeming darker and darker horses by the day, and the perspectives for “Rush” or “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” are pretty much as somber.
Sure bets? In order of certitude, “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity,” “American Hustle” (the three likely battling it out for the big trophies), “Nebraska”, “Her” and “Captain Phillips.”
Via [Producers' Guild]