The Producers Guild of America has nominated “Deadpool,” “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Hell or High Water” as the best-produced films of 2016, an honor that typically means the films are in line to receive Best Picture nominations at this year’s Academy Awards.
Oscar frontrunners “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” were also nominated by the PGA, as were “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Lion.”
Missing from the PGA list: Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” Jeff Nichols’ “Loving,” Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” and Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie,” among others.
In the animated-feature category, the nominees included three Disney/Pixar films — “Finding Dory,” “Moana” and “Zootopia” — along with “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “The Secret Life of Pets.”
Although the Producers Guild is a reliable predictor of an Oscar nomination, with more than 75 percent of the PGA nominees being recognized by the Academy, there have been discrepancies every year since the two organizations expanded the number of nominees.
In those seven years, nine films — including “The Blind Side,” “Winter’s Bone,” “The Tree of Life,” “Amour,” “Selma” and “Room” — have received Oscar Best Picture nominations without being previously honored by the Producers Guild. Another 16 films have received PGA but not Oscar nods; those include “Star Trek,” “Bridesmaids,” “Skyfall,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Gone Girl,” “Sicario” and “Straight Outta Compton.”
While “Deadpool” has done well with awards voters so far this season, its PGA nomination may be reminiscent of past Producers Guild noms for genre films like “Star Trek,” “Skyfall,” “Nightcrawler” and “Ex Machina,” none of which landed best-pic nods from the Academy.
The Directors Guild of America, the final major Hollywood guild to announce its nominations this year, will release its feature-film nominations on Thursday.
The Producers Guild will announce its winners on Saturday, January 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, making it the first of the four major guilds to give out its awards.
Winning at the PGA is usually a very reliable indicator of Oscar success, although “The Big Short” won at the Producers Guild last year while “Spotlight” took Best Picture at the Oscars.
The list of nominees:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Producers: Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, Aaron Ryder, David Linde
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner
Producers: Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, Todd Black
Producers: Bill Mechanic, David Permut
“Hell or High Water”
Producers: Carla Hacken, Julie Yorn
Producers: Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin & Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi
“La La Land”
Producers: Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
Producers: Emile Sherman & Iain Canning, Angie Fielder
“Manchester By the Sea”
Producers: Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin Walsh
Producers: Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner & Jeremy Kleiner
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Producer: Lindsey Collins
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
Producers: Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight
Producer: Osnat Shurer
“The Secret Life of Pets”
Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Producer: Clark Spencer