The 2023 Producers Guild of America Award nominations stunned on Thursday with a shocking inclusion of the Brendan Fraser best-actor vehicle “The Whale” making the lineup, in addition to four sequels — “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” and “Top Gun: Maverick.”
A24 led the tally for all movie studios with the Daniels’ “Everything Everywhere All at Once” joining “The Whale” in best picture. The animation live-action hybrid “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” made the list of animated features, which also included “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” and “Turning Red.”
Rounding out the 10 films for best picture was “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Elvis,” “The Fabelmans” and “Tár.” The top award, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, is a strong predictor for the best picture Oscar. Seven of the last 10 PGA winners went on to win the best picture statuette. Nominations by the PGA are crucial, especially with Academy Awards opening Thursday.
Notable were the snubs from the PGA, with zero movies directed by women making the top category, particularly “Aftersun,” “She Said,” “The Woman King” and “Women Talking.”
The non-English and international features also failed to make a splash, such as Netflix’s “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Sony Pictures Classics’ “Living” and Neon’s “Triangle of Sadness.”
The 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
(Excerpt) Read more in: Variety