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WONDER WOMAN’s Oscar Hopes Alive After Producers Guild Nod

WONDER WOMAN’s Oscar Hopes Alive After Producers Guild Nod

The Producers Guild of America announced their nominees for their 29th Annual awards earlier this morning, and it was welcome news to comic book movie fans hoping to break the glass ceiling of mainstream award recognition when Wonder Woman was among the ELEVEN movies nominated for outstanding theatrical motion picture production of the year.

The Producers Guild (or PGA), are considered strong harbingers of Oscar success. Before the past two years, the previous eight winners of this trophy went all the way and won Best Picture at the Oscars. And, since the Oscar Best Picture field expanded from five in 2009, the PGA has provided a good harbinger of what could be to come. Most of their nominees usually end up with a Best Picture nomination, though certainly not all. Since the Oscars now have a sliding scale of anywhere between 5 to 10 nominees (and ten have never made it under that format) the PGA invariably nominates someone the Academy does not like.

That was in fact the fate that fellow comic book movie Deadpool suffered a couple of years back when, despite strong precursor showings and critical support, the Academy laid it with a big fat goose egg come nominations morning. Wonder Woman has not been doing nearly as well as Deadpool did back then, so its chances appear bleaker. That said, the last year or so in our national politics argue that Wonder Woman could be better positioned. The #MeToo movements and the persistent issue of gender disparity in Hollywood could help it.

Other nominees for the Producers Guild awards included The Big Sick, the festival indie darling Call Me By Your Name, Chris Nolan’s blockbuster Dunkirk, the surprise horror thriller Get Out, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game, and a smattering of other perennial contenders this year including I, Tonya, Lady Bird, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Most likely your eventual Best Picture winner is within this bunch. It has been a long time (if ever) that a movie to win Best Picture does not even have a nomination with this group.

The Producers Guild Awards will be announced on January 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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