The Producers Guild of America has announced its annual nominees for its equivalent of a Best Picture trophy. The PGA is a strong harbinger of Oscar glory so its announcements are met with serious anticipation, and indeed this year’s list is mighty intriguing. Oscar frontrunners A Star Is Born, Roma, and Black Panther all made the cut, notching an expected yet necessary step on the way to the Academy Awards. But the PGA’s list is also quite populist, with box office hits Crazy Rich Asians, Bohemian Rhapsody, and A Quiet Place also making the cut. This just goes to show that in a year that the Oscars considered a “Best Popular Film” category, the nominees are organically turning out to be commercial in nature.
Here’s the full list of PGA nominees:
Crazy Rich Asians
A Quiet Place
A Star Is Born
This could very well end up matching quite closely with the Oscars Best Picture nominees, with films like If Beale Street Could Talk, First Man, Eighth Grade, Mary Poppins Returns, and Can You Ever Forgive Me? also serving as Best Picture nomination hopefuls. Indeed, the PGA’s list rarely matches up 1:1 with the Oscars, and past PGA nominees that didn’t make it to Oscar’s big category include Molly’s Game, I, Tonya, The Big Sick and Wonder Woman.
The winner of the PGA Award doesn’t necessarily always win Best Picture (see: La La Land), but it’s matched up more often than not in recent years. Moreover, the Best Picture winner is almost always nominated for the PGA’s, so one of these 10 films is almost certainly your eventual Oscar darling.
Additionally, the PGA’s also announced nominees for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Winners will be announced on January 19th. For more on the Oscar race, catch up on my Oscar Beat columns and predictions here.