Major guilds announce film nominees, clarifying Oscar field

By Jasmine Franks Published on January 27, 2022
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 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 ten nominees, and their picks often overlap.

The ten 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 the 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 select big-budget successes than the academy. So that the PGA overlooked “No Time To Die” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” — both of which harbour outside Oscar hopes — suggests their chances are slim at the Academy Awards.

While the producers nominated several 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 more significant 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 on February 8.

In their nominations Thursday, the Writers Guild turned to many of the same films.

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.

Jasmine Franks

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