In last week’s Oscar Tracker column I singled out Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild as one of the films that needs a boost in this year’s awards race to be considered a serious Best Picture contender. That boost came today from the Producers Guild of America, who unveiled their 2013 nominations earlier tonight.
Beasts of the Southern Wild was joined by many familiar titles in this year’s awards circuit including Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty. Two surprises in the lineup were Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and the James Bond film Skyfall. Moonrise Kingdom has continued to gather support as one of the most loved indies of the year and could definitely sneak in as one of the fringe Best Picture nominees. Skyfall seems to be more in line with previous PGA nominees like Bridesmaids and Star Trek, which were financially successful, but did not receive Best Picture nominations.
Notably absent from this year’s nominees were Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Michael Haneke’s Amour. Despite its dismal showing in the precursor awards races, I stubbornly held out hope that The Master would make it in as a Best Picture nominee this year. However, it’s lack of inclusion here is the nail in the coffin and even I can admit its chances have faded. Michael Haneke’s Amour is a wild card, but I see it filling the Tree of Life spot (another film that was ignored by the PGA) because it has so many fans.
The animated nominees from the Producers Guild of America remained very mainstream with Disney films scoring 3 of the 5 spots. The Academy’s animated branch is much more eclectic, so I imagine their list will look different from this one.
Check out the complete list of nominations below. Winners will be announced on Saturday, January 26th.
Producers Guild of America
Award Nominations 2013
Best Theatrical Motion Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Animated Theatrical Motion Picture
Rise of the Guardians
If you’re interested in the television nominations, you can see them at Awards Daily.
What do you think the PGA nominations say about the Oscar race?