A sign of a rapidly changing industry, Netflix and Amazon reign supreme over the nominations for the award from the Producers Guild of America.
The streaming giants continue their ascent in the film industry. The Netflix and Amazon duo have just garnered more than half of the nominations in the cinema category for the Hollywood Producers Association awards. A real consecration consolidating their new status, in a year upset by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Six of the ten films shortlisted by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) are released through video-on-demand platforms, while theaters have only just started to reopen in New York and have still been closed in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. ‘one year, due to health measures linked to the coronavirus.
At Netflix, it’s the drama Chicago Seven who seems to have the most chance of winning a trophy, in front of Mank and Ma Rainey’s Blues. Amazon – which was not in the PGA contest last year – can count on Borat 2, already awarded at the Golden Globes, as well as on One Night in Miami and Sound of Metal.
The PGAs are considered a relatively reliable barometer for the Oscars to be awarded at the end of April. Made up of some 8,000 professionals who make it rain and shine in Hollywood, the producers’ association has awarded ten of the last thirteen Oscar winners for best film. Neither Netflix nor Amazon have yet won the prestigious category.
While the pandemic has forced studios to postpone the release of big productions, the intimate film Nomadland emerges as one of the main favorites of this award season. Produced by Searchlight, a Disney subsidiary, Chloe Zhao’s film was crowned Golden Globes and is also up for the PGA.
Warner Studios are represented by Judas and the Black Messiah while Universal relies on Promising Young Woman. The only independent producer to compete this year is A24, for Minari which features a family of Americans of South Korean origin settling in the countryside in search of a new life.
Like the Golden Globes, the PGA jury also rewards television productions. This year the newcomers Bridgerton and Ted lasso enter the race, facing the eternal favorite The Crown. The trophies will be awarded on March 24 in a virtual ceremony.