Producers Guild Award Nominations narrow the field

What the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations are to the Acting Oscars, a good indicator of what the Oscar nomination field will look like, the Producers Guild Awards are to Best Picture, Best Documentary and Best Animated Film.

Looks like “Glass Onion” and other titles ignored by SAG, get added on here.

“She Said” is apparently not Oscar worthy, nor is “Women Talking” or “The Woman King,” or “Till” but the super popular junk “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” are.

Producers are big on movies that draw a crowd. The exceptions, this year, are “Tar” and “The Fabelmans,” which by the way, wouldn’t make any sentient person’s Top Five Steven Spielberg movies.


“Tar” and “Whale” made the cut, and the slightly more popular “Banshees of Inisherin” is included, but several fine films missed that cut.

“Babylon” was depending on an awards season and Oscar bounce it almost certainly will not get.

Happy to see “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” made the Best Animated Feature contenders list, and the box office underwhelmer “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” crashed that party.

Below the page break, find the full list of feature film, documentary and TV and streaming nominees.

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Elvis
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • The Fabelmans
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Tár
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • The Whale

Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • Turning Red

Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama

  • Andor 
  • Better Call Saul 
  • Ozark 
  • Severance 
  • The White Lotus 

Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy

  • Abbott Elementary 
  • Barry 
  • The Bear 
  • Hacks 
  • Only Murders in the Building 

David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited or Anthology Series Television

  • DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • The Dropout 
  • Inventing Anna 
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi 
  • Pam & Tommy 

Award for Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures

  • Fire Island
  • Hocus Pocus 2
  • Pinocchio
  • Prey
  • Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

  • 30 for 30
  • 60 Minutes 
  • George Carlin’s American Dream 
  • Lucy and Desi
  • Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy 

Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Standup & Talk Television

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah 
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! 
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 
  • Saturday Night Live 

Award for Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television

  • The Amazing Race 
  • Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls 
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 
  • Top Chef 
  • The Voice 

The following nominees were previously announced. 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Picture

  • All That Breathes
  • Descendant
  • Fire of Love
  • Navalny
  • Nothing Compares
  • Retrograde
  • The Territory

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program

  • Formula 1: Drive to Survive 
  • Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions 
  • Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers 
  • McEnroe 
  • Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Come Off

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program

  • Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock 
  • Green Eggs and Ham 
  • Sesame Street 
  • Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown 
  • Waffles + Mochi’s Restaurant 

The Award for Outstanding Short-Form Program

  • Better Call Saul: Filmmaker Training 
  • Love, Death + Robots 
  • Only Murders in the Building: One Killer Question 
  • Sesame Street’s #ComingTogether Word of the Day Series 
  • Tales of the Jedi 

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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