The Producers Guild of America picked their 10 nominees for their best picture equivalent, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, including many of the usual suspects this season. The nominees are:
- 12 Years a Slave
- American Hustle
- Blue Jasmine
- Captain Phillips
- Dallas Buyers Club
- Saving Mr. Banks
- The Wolf of Wall Street.
There's nothing extremely surprising in that lineup, except perhaps the substitution of Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine for, say, Inside Llewyn Davis or Lee Daniels' The Butler. In fact, the lack of The Butler, August: Osage County, Philomena, Fruitvale Station, or Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom points to a Weinstein Company shut out, Anne Thompson noted. The presence of Saving Mr. Banks also likely gives hope to a movie that garnered an underwhelming response.
There are no out of the blue choices like last year's Skyfall inclusion, however. Steve Pond at The Wrap noted that the PGA is one of the most "reliable Oscar predictors," with the winners of the PGA also winning the Oscar 17 times in the PGAs 24 year history.
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