Monday, January 5, 2015

Are These Our Best Picture Nominees?

The Producers Guild announced their nominees for Best Picture this morning, and it was met with shocked reactions from both prognosticators and Oscar enthusiasts alike. Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. film, Selma, failed to get screeners out to voters, and the film was left out of the ten slots. American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's tribute to Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, is starting to gain momentum. 

Is it possible that Selma, the year's best reviewed film, will be left out of this year's biggest awards race? I doubt it. Twitter was set ablaze by the omission, but that doesn't mean that where wasn't anything to celebrate this morning. David Fincher's Gone Girl is starting to appear on critics' lists and it's a huge hit. I think it's in. Why are some people discounting Grand Budapest when it's been showing up everywhere? 

The full list of nominees is as follows:

American Sniper
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game 
The Theory of Everything

Could something else sneak into the Oscar Best Picture race? I thought Into the Woods stood a chance to get nominated if it landed here at the PGA, but it seems like the Rob Marshall musical is toast when it comes to the awards season (you know, other than technical categories). Will JC Chandor's A Most Violent Year be the first film since Quills to be named Best Picture by the National Board of Review and not get nominated for the top prize? This list looks pretty solid, but in a year like this (i.e., all over the place), anything can happen. 

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