Named after the legendary producer behind such films as “King Kong”, “Gone with the Wind” and “Rebecca” The David O. Selznick Achiement Award in Motion Pictures is a tremendous honor bestowed upon producers by the Producers Guild of America. Past recipients include Saul Zaentz, Robert Evans, Roger Corman, and Jerry Bruckheimer. But never in its history has a producer of animated films received the award…until now.
At the 21st Annual PGA Awards Ceremony on Sunday, January 24, 2010, writer, director, producer, and Pixar COO John Lasseter will receive the David O. Selznick Achievement Award. Hit the jump for details and what this could mean for “Up’s” chances at a Best Picture Oscar.
It does seem overdue that the man who produced every Pixar film hasn’t received an award from the Producer’s Guild but since most people consider animation as a genre for family films instead of an artistic medium, I can see how he would be overlooked.
It’s that same blind eye that every Pixar movie gets from the Oscars because the “Best Animated Film” category is good enough even though there’s only three nominees and Pixar is always the clear winner (even though “Monsters Inc.” lost to “Shrek” in 2001, the first year the category existed). Since Pixar movies are better than most (or sometimes all) of the Best Picture nominees, this year “Up” may have a chance at a nomination in that category now that the Academy increased the number of nominees from 5 to 10. The Producers Guild also expanded its number of nominees to 10 and it would be incomprehensible for the guild members to give Lasseter an achievement award and then deny “Up” a nomination. And since the producer guild nominees closely line-up with the Oscar nominees (or at least they did back when there was only five), “Up” looks like it will be the first animated film since 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast” to receive a Best Picture nomination. About damn time.