The Producers Guild announced their nominations for the best of 2022 today! The Producers Guild is usually seen as being one of the more reliable Oscar precursors out there. While getting a PGA nomination doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a film will be nominated, being snubbed by the PGA can often knock a film out of contention.
This year, there are two surprises in the nominees, One is The Whale, which has been getting a lot of attention for Brendan Fraser’s performance but which hasn’t really be spoken of as a probable Best Picture nominee. The other, at least for me, is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Despite good reviews and a probable Oscar nomination for Angela Bassett, Wakanda Forever is another film that many had written off as a potential Best Picture nominee.
Women Talking received neither a DGA or a PGA nomination so it could be in trouble. Babylon was also snubbed by both the PGA and the DGA but it was nominated by SAG and it’s a film about actors. So right now, I’m feeling a lot better about Babylon’s chances than the chances of Women Talking.
For the record, if the Best Picture lineup mirrored the PGA nominees, that would mean that 4 sequels would be nominated for Best Picture in one year. That would definitely be a record, as well as a reflection of where Hollywood is at as an industry right now.
(Previous sequels that have been nominated for Best Picture include The Bells of St. Mary’s, The Godfather Part II, The Godfather Part III, The Silence of the Lambs, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Toy Story 3, and Mad Max: Fury Road. One could say that Black Panther should also be listed here, considering that it can be argued that every film in the MCU is technically a sequel to Iron Man and T’Challa and Wakanda were both first introduced in Captain America: Civil War. With both Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of the Water looking pretty solid for nominations, 2022 will probably be the first year that multiple sequels with be nominated.)
Anyway, here are the nominations of the Producers Guild!
The Award for Outstanding Producer of a Feature Theatrical Motion Picture
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Top Gun: Maverick
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish