Sasha from oscarwatch.com writes: This morning, the Producers Guild threw their hat into the mix, nominating six in a tie vote, rather than five:
ADAPTATION – COLUMBIA/ SONY PICTURES ENT.
CHICAGO – MIRAMAX
GANGS OF NEW YORK – MIRAMAX
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING – IFC FILMS
ROAD TO PERDITION – DREAMWORKS/ SKG
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS – NEW LINE CINEMA
The PGA’s winner has gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscar nine out of the past 13 years, since they started giving out awards. You can see the charts of how the nominations and wins have matched up over the years by visiting: http://www.oscarwatch.com/Awards/pga.html
This is great news, albeit somewhat expected, for IFC’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and gives it a healthy boost toward an Oscar nomination. Road to Perdition sees its first real pre-award inclusion as well, and of course, this proves Chicago, Gangs of New York and Two Towers are still heavy hitters in the race.
Adaptation was the surprise pic, unless you’ve noticed the buzz lately — it’s a popular film that will have across the board guild support — it will get and win the WGA; Spike Jonze will likely be nominated for the DGA and the ensemble may be nommed at the SAG — so a BP nomination seems inevitable. Well deserved it would be.
Missing from the list are the two critically acclaimed films from Focus Features – Far From Heaven and The Pianist — both are too good to ignore, but how will the Academy respond?
Meanwhile, the USC Scripter put out their noms (you can see the past winners by going here) – the Scripter, headed up this year by famed scribe Robert Towne, honors both book author and film writer.
About Schmidt Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, screenwriters; Louis Begley,
author (New Line Cinema; Ballantine)
Adaptation Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter; Susan Orlean, author, The Orchid Thief (Columbia Pictures; Ballantine)
The Hours David Hare, screenwriter; Michael Cunningham, author (Paramount Pictures; Picador USA)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Frances Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Stephen Sinclair & Peter Jackson, screenwriters; J.R.R. Tolkien, author (New Line Cinema; Houghton Mifflin)
The Pianist Ronald Harwood, screenwriter; Wladyslaw Szpilman, author, Death of a City (Focus Features; Picador USA)
Pre-Awards are coming fast and furiously — next up are the AFI awards (which are just doing best film), the Broadcast Film Critics, tomorrow, and the Golden Globe awards on Sunday.
Predictions for the Globes are everywhere — starting with http://www.moviecitynews.com and http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/66724.htm
We also have a predict the Globes contest running, which you can enter by clicking on http://www.oscarwatch.com/Contests/ggcontest_2002.html