Sunday, May 19, 2024

The 2021 Producers Guild Of America (PGA) Nominations

By Matt Neglia 

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) have announced their nominations for the ten best films of 2021. Which of them will score a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars? The winners will be announced March 19th 2022.

​Click below to see the nominees.

The Award for Outstanding Producer of a Feature Theatrical Motion Picture
Being The Ricardos
Don’t Look Up
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
The Power Of The Dog
Tick, Tick…Boom!
West Side Story

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Raya And The Last Dragon
Sing 2
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures
The PGA previously announced the nominations in this category on December 10th, 2021.
The First Wave
In The Same Breath
The Rescue
Simple As Water
Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Writing With Fire

As far as nominations overlap with the Academy Awards for Best Picture goes, the PGA Awards are a crucial component to possibly understanding what will win the Best Picture Oscar as 9 of the last 12 years of winners have gone on to win the Academy’s big prize since the preferential era began.

2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years A Slave & Gravity (TIE)
2014: Birdman
2015: The Big Short (Spotlight won Best Picture)
2016: La La Land (Moonlight won Best Picture)
2017: The Shape Of Water
2018: Green Book
2019: 1917 (Parasite won Best Picture)

Which film will triumph this year? The answer lies within these nominees. As far as nomination overlap goes with the Oscars, this is how often the PGA Awards have lined up with the Academy’s choices for Best Picture.

2020: 7/8
2019: 9/9
2018: 8/8
2017: 7/9
2016: 9/9
2015: 7/8
2014: 7/8
2013: 8/9
2012: 8/9
2011: 7/9
2010: 9/10
2009: 8/10

And here are the films that have so far received major citations for Best Picture throughout the season so far.

Belfast: AFI, CCA, GG, NBR, PGA, SAG
Don’t Look Up: AFI, CCA, GG, NBR, PGA, SAG
King Richard: AFI, CCA, GG, NBR, PGA, SAG
Licorice Pizza: AFI, CCA, GG, NBR, PGA
West Side Story: AFI, CCA, GG, NBR, PGA
The Power of the Dog: AFI, CCA, GG, PGA
Tick, Tick…Boom!: AFI, CCA, GG, PGA
Nightmare Alley: AFI, CCA, NBR
The Tragedy Of Macbeth: AFI, NBR
Being The Ricardos: PGA
House Of Gucci: SAG
The Last Duel: NBR
Red Rocket: NBR

Nightmare Alley,” “Red Rocket” & “The Last Duel” are the only three to not be longlisted by the BAFTAs (their nominations will be announced on February 3rd). Is this a year where a film could come from outside of the PGA nominations and become a Best Picture nominee. It’s very tough to say at the moment, as we’re back to ten nominees this year and with Oscar nomination voting starting today, voters might just copy this list and not look elsewhere. Take a look at the other nominees including television here.

What are you predicting for Best Picture at this point? Our predictions for the Oscar for Best Picture can be found here. Let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

You can follow Matt and hear more of his thoughts on the Oscars and Film on Twitter at @NextBestPicture

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Matt Neglia
Matt Neglia
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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