Producers Guild Announces Its Nominees

The PGA announced its nominees for this year. All-in-all pretty predictable, but there are a couple of pleasant surprises. Check out the nominees and some commentary after the jump.

Best Picture
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An Education
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Invictus
Precious
Star Trek
Up
Up in the Air

Best Animated Picture
9
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
Up

Best Documentary
Burma VJ
The Cove
Sergio
Soundtrack for a Revolution

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I’m very glad to see both District 9 and Star Trek get nominated. Star Trek was a huge critical success (one of the best reviewed films of the year by far, with a 94% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 92% from Top Critics) and a big commercial success, garnering over $250 million in domestic grosses, the most profitable Star Trek film of all time. Although I don’t think the film should win, I think a nomination is a nice congratulations for its success.

District 9 is also one of the best reviewed movies of the year, and a stunning debut by director Neill Blomkamp. It’s also a big commercial success, being made for just $30 million and earning $115 million domestically. Unfortunately, is hasn’t been getting a lot of the attention it deserves with critics awards. One wonders why, considering the praise given to it when it was released. The nominations of both these movies by the PGA definitely increases their chances for an Oscar nomination, though I don’t know if both will be nominated. Of course, seeing as there are 10 nominees, that might be more possible. And given the fact that Nine was not nominated (not a surprise to me, though to some I suppose it might be), it looks pretty much dead as far as a Best Picture nomination goes at the Oscars. You never know with the Academy sometimes, though.

Up was nominated for both Best Picture and Best Animated Picture. It really looks like Up could become the second animated movie in Oscar’s history to get a Best Picture nomination. Of course, again, they could always nominate it for Best Animated Picture and replace it with something else… Like Nine? Who knows. But I feel as though they’re going to try to make up for the lack of WALL-E among last year’s nominees with Up.

I’m surprised An Education got nominated. Not because it’s a bad film. I can’t judge that, since I haven’t seen it. But it seemed as if aside from Carey Mulligan and Alfred Molina’s performances, the film had basically dropped off the radar as far as Best Picture was concerned. That no longer seems to be the case.

As for the nominees for Animated Picture, there’s no real surprise at all, in my opinion. And I can’t speak for Best Documentary, as I haven’t seen any of the nominees, and haven’t paid very close attention to the Documentary race this year.

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