LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The 33rd annual Producers Guild of America Awards will be handed out on Saturday night — giving Oscars predictors a historically reliable barometer of which film will win the Best Picture Oscar.
Ten films are in the running for the PGA’s top prize for motion pictures – ‘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”.
Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences went from five to ten nominees in 2010, only three films have won the Best Picture Oscar without first winning the PGA Award.
The three exceptions occurred in 2016, when the PGA Award went to “The Big Short”, but the Oscar went to “Spotlight”; in 2017, when “La La Land” won the PGA honor while the Academy honored “Moonlight”; and in 2020, when the PGA Award went to ‘1917’ but the Oscar went to ‘Parasite’.
According to the PGA, since the guild’s inception, the guild has predicted 22 of the 32 Best Picture Oscar winners. That includes last year’s two-prize winner, “Nomadland.”
Of the Producers Award nominees for film this year, all but “Being the Ricardos” and “tick, tick… BOOM!” are also Oscar nominees for Best Picture.
And of the 10 Best Picture Oscar nominees, only “Drive My Car” and “Nightmare Alley” also failed to earn a Producers Award nomination for the top prize.
For animated films, the PGA nominations this year went to ‘Encanto’, ‘Luca’, ‘The Mitchells vs The Machines’, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ and ‘Sing 2’.
On the small screen, the drama series nominees are “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Morning Show,” “Squid Game,” “Succession,” and “Yellowstone.” The nominees in the comedy series category are “Cobra Kai”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Hacks”, “Only Murders in the Building” and “Ted Lasso”.
Saturday’s show will also include three special prizes:
- ‘Insecure’ creator and star Issa Rae will receive the 2022 Visionary Award, honoring producers in television, film or new media “who share inspiring and uplifting stories that add unique value to society and culture” .
- Rita Moreno will receive the 2022 Stanley Kramer Award for “a production, producer, or others whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.” Moreno, 90, recently appeared and served as executive producer on the remake of Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.”
- Producer-writer-director Greg Berlanti, known for series such as ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and ‘The Flight Attendant’, will receive the Norman Lear Achievement Award, which honors producers ‘who have had a remarkable impact on the art and ‘craft of television’. ”
The PGA Awards will be presented at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City. No public live streams are available.