… And the Rest! – Nominations for PGA, DGA, and BAFTA Awards!

Okay folks, this is it. The undercard has been officially filled out. Over the last 24 hours we’ve gotten the final film nominations for the Producers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the British Academy! These three ceremonies, which will take place over the next month, represent the last batch of major nominations ahead of Monday’s release for the Academy Awards. There’s a lot to go over, so let’s get to it!

The nominees for the 73rd Directors Guild of America Awards are:

Theatrical Feature Film
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari – Limited Theatres and VOD
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman – VOD
David Fincher – Mank – Netflix
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland – Limited Theatres and VOD

Theatrical Documentary Film
Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw – The Truffle Hunters – Limited Theatres
Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed – My Octopus Teacher – Netflix
David France – Welcome to Chechnya – HBO Max
Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss – Boys State – Apple TV+
Benjamin Ree – The Painter and the Thief – Virtual Cinemas

First-Time Theatrical Film
Radha Blank – The 40-Year-Old Version – Netflix
Fernando Frias de la Parra – I’m No Longer Here – Netflix
Regina King – One Night in Miami – Amazon Prime
Darius Marder – Sound of Metal – Amazon Prime
Florian Zeller – The Father – Limited Theatres

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So what can we glean from this list? Basically, the five nominees for Best Director will almost certainly come from these groups, primarily the main Theatrical Film category. I’d imagine that four of the five nominees at least will come from there, with one of the First-Time nominees possibly sneaking in as well. Either way, with this group of filmmakers, if we still end up with five men nominated next week, it will be a legitimate scandal, as there’s a ton of crossover between the Directors Guild and the Directing Branch of the Academy. As for the documentaries, it’s a bit harder to say. All five nominees are on the Academy’s shortlist, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all that much. Only two of the past five winners even got nominated for the Oscar (O.J.: Made in America and American Factory), though notably, both ended up winning the grand prize. I’d imagine at least a couple of these will make the Academy’s final cut, though, as there hasn’t been a case in the last 10 years where the final Documentary Feature category hasn’t featured a single DGA nominee. Moving on!

The nominees for the 32nd Producers Guild of America Awards are:

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Sacha Baron Cohen, Monica Levinson, and Anthony Hines – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Amazon Prime
Charles D. King, Ryan Coogler, and Shaka King – Judas and the Black Messiah – Theatres and HBO Max
Denzel Washington and Todd Black – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Netflix
Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth, and Douglas Urbanski – Mank
Christina Oh – Minari
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, and Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, and Jody Klein – One Night in Miami
Josey McNamara, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Tom Ackerley, and Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche – Sound of Metal
Marc Platt and Stuart Besser – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Mark Swift – The Croods: A New Age – DVD/VOD
Kori Rae – Onward – DVD/Disney+
Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou – Over the Moon – Netflix
Dana Murray – Soul – Disney+
Paul Young, Nora Twomey, Tomm Moore, and Stéphan Roelants – Wolfwalkers – Apple TV+

Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Johnnie Hughes – David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet – Netflix
Kirsten Johnson, Katy Chevigny, and Marilyn Ness – Dick Johnson is Dead – Netflix
Craig Foster – My Octopus Teacher
Toni Kamau and Sam Soko – Softie – VOD
Ramona S. Diaz, Leah Marino, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, and Carolyn Hepburn – A Thousand Cuts – Amazon Prime
Lauren Domino, Kellen Quinn, and Garrett Bradley – Time – Amazon Prime
Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw – The Truffle Hunters

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Spoiler alert, folks, your Best Picture field has just been revealed. The Academy is moving to a firm list of 10 Best Picture nominees going forward, rather than the 6-10 they’ve done since 2009. And while the award goes to the Producers of the film, and there’s not a direct correlation between the PGA and the Academy (the entire body gets to nominated Best Picture and International Feature regardless of Branch), more often than not the PGA nominees are a mirror of the final category, with one or two exceptions. I’ll allow for the smallest of outside chances that Soul or The Father sneaks in instead of Borat, as the Academy has been mostly hostile to comedies for the last half century, but apart from that, these are your nominees.

As for the other two categories, the inclusion of Over the Moon here might override its omission from the top prizes at the Annie Awards, as there are a good number of producers in the Animation and Short Film Branch. Hey, whatever knocks Trolls out of the running is fine by me. As for the Documentaries, we have four nominees here on the Academy’s shortlist, and the second endorsement for The Truffle Hunters. That bodes well for Dweck and Kershaw.

And now for the final honors, er, I mean, honours, given the source.

The nominees for the 74th BAFTA Awards are:

Best Film
The Father
The Mauritanian – VOD
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Outstanding British Film
Calm With Horses – Netflix
The Dig – Netflix
The Father
His House – Netflix
Limbo – VOD
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli – VOD
Promising Young Woman
Rocks – Netflix
Saint Maud – VOD

Outstanding Debut
His House
Limbo
Moffie – VOD
Rocks
Saint Maud

Film Not in the English Language
Another Round – VOD
Dear Comrades! – VOD
Les Misérables – VOD
Minari
Quo Vadis, Aida? – VOD

Documentary
Collective – Virtual Cinema
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet
The Dissident – VOD
My Octopus Teacher
The Social Dilemma – Netflix

Animated Film
Onward
Soul
Wolfwalkers

Director
Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round
Shannon Murphy – Babyteeth – Hulu
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Jasmila Žbanić – Quo Vadis, Aida?
Sarah Gavron – Rocks

Original Screenplay
Another Round
Mank
Promising Young Woman
Rocks
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Adapted Screenplay
The Dig
The Father
The Mauritanian
Nomadland
The White Tiger – Netflix

Leading Actress
Bukky Bakray – Rocks
Radha Blank – The 40-Year-Old Version
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman – Netflix
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Wunmi Mosaku – His House
Alfre Woodard – Clemency – DVD/VOD

Leading Actor
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Adarsh Gourav – The White Tiger
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round
Tahir Rahim – The Mauritanian

Supporting Actress
Niamh Algar – Calm With Horses
Kosar Ali – Rocks
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Dominique Fishback – Judas and the Black Messiah
Ashley Madekwe – County Lines – VOD
Yuh-jung Youn – Minari

Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
Barry Keoghan – Calm With Horses
Alan Kim – Minari
Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami
Clarke Peters – Da 5 Bloods – Netflix
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Original Score
Mank
Minari
News of the World – VOD
Promising Young Woman
Soul

Casting
Calm With Horses
Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Rocks

Cinematography
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
The Mauritanian
News of the World
Nomadland

Editing
The Father
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Production Design
The Dig
The Father
Mank
News of the World
Rebecca – Netflix

Costume Design
Ammonite – Hulu
The Dig
Emma. – DVD/VOD
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank

Makeup & Hair
The Dig
Hillbilly Elegy – Netflix
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Pinocchio – VOD

Sound
Greyhound – Apple TV+
News of the World
Nomadland
Soul
Sound of Metal

Special Visual Effects
Greyhound
The Midnight Sky – Netflix
Mulan – DVD/VOD/Disney+
The One and Only Ivan – Disney+
Tenet – VOD

British Short Animation
The Fire Next Time
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Song of a Lost Boy

British Short Film
Eyelash
Lizard
Lucky Break
Miss Curvy
The Present

EE Rising Star Award
Bukky Bakray
Conrad Khan
Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
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Okay, we’ve got some stuff to parse through here. First off, don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of half of these movies before. They’re films of British or other foreign origin and simply haven’t gotten an official stateside release yet. Some may be vying for awards next year. You also get a couple of cases of movies that competed here in 2020 that are just now getting their due across the pond. Nothing to worry about on that front.

I think the most surprising thing here is just how much BAFTA loves News of the World. It might be up for a technical or two over here, but otherwise the only major nomination it looks to secure is Supporting Actress for young Helena Zengel, and curiously, she’s not nominated here. There’s also a lot of love for Promising Young Woman, Minari, and Nomadland.

I also found it odd and refreshing how many nominations Another Round got. I’m not against Mads Mikkelsen getting a Best Actor nod for the Oscars as well. He gave a tremendous performance. I don’t see it happening, but it’d be a nice surprise. I raise a similar eyebrow for Quo Vadis, Aida?. Perhaps these nominations will bolster their respective chances at an International Feature nomination.

I do feel a little bit of vindication in some of the technical areas. For example, Rebecca getting nominated for Production Design. In that otherwise awful film, I did note that the design elements were pretty great. It was the one redeeming quality the movie had. The same goes for Hillbilly Elegy getting a nod for the Makeup. With luck, that’ll be the only aspect that gets recognized by the Academy on Monday as well.

That’s about all I’ve got for now. We’re a mere six days from the Oscar nominations, and I have a few more movies I want to knock out before that day comes. Keep it locked here for continuing coverage!

Join the conversation in the comments below! What do you think of these nominees? Do you have a favorite? What conclusions do you draw from them? Let me know!

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