Oscar Contenders

2014 Producers Guild Award Nominees Snub 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The Coens don't make the cut

inside-llewyn-isaac-featThere is really only one big surprise in today's announcement of the 2014 Producers Guild Award nominees, that is the snubbing of Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis, which I assume gave way to Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and Dallas Buyers Club.

The rest of the theatrical nominees are pretty much to be expected, including the likes of 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Gravity. It seems the recent dust-up over The Wolf of Wall Street had no bearing on the nominees as it was included and yet again Her remains a part of the race as the one film I think could attempt to prove spoiler in a couple of the major Oscar categories.

I've included the theatrical, animated and television nominees directly below along with a slew of other nominations the org plans on handing out.

The theatrical motion picture nominees are:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
  • Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
  • Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Her (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Nebraska (Paramount Pictures)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • The Croods (DreamWorks Animation)
  • Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures)
  • Epic (Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Frozen (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Monsters University (Pixar Animation)

The television nominees are:

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

  • American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
  • Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
  • Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)
  • Phil Spector (HBO)
  • Top of the Lake (Sundance Channel)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • A PLACE AT THE TABLE (Magnolia Pictures)
  • FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY (First Run Features)
  • LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM (HBO Documentary Films)
  • WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (Focus Features)
  • WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? THE LIFE AND TIME OF TIM HETHERINGTON (HBO Documentary Films)

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Downton Abbey (ITV - United Kingdom; PBS - United States)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Arrested Development (Netflix)
  • Big Bang Theory, The (CBS)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • VEEP (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

  • 30 for 30 (ESPN)
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
  • Duck Dynasty (A&E Networks)
  • Inside The Actors Studio (Bravo)
  • Shark Tank (ABC)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

  • Colbert Report, The (Comedy Central)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  • Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

  • Amazing Race, The (CBS)
  • Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)e
  • Voice, The (NBC)

The following programs were not vetted for producer eligibility this year, but winners in these categories will be announced at the official ceremony on January 19:

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

  • 24/7 (HBO)
  • Hard Knocks (HBO)
  • Monday Night Football (ESPN)
  • Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
  • SportsCenter (ESPN)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

  • Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon)
  • iCarly (Nickelodeon)
  • Phineas and Ferb (Disney Channel)
  • Sesame Street (Sprout)
  • SpongeBob Squarepants (Nickelodeon)

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:

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  • Jake Gittes

    If I remember correctly, A Serious Man and The Tree of Life weren't nominated for PGA but made the cut when it came to Oscar noms. I still think Llewyn Davis will make it whereas Dallas Buyers Club and Blue Jasmine won't.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

      Dallas Buyers Club may be a bigger threat than you anticipate. With nominations for Best Picture/Ensemble by the SAG, BFCA and now the PGA, it is definitely a threat. I currently have it as a feasible 10th, with others floundering

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I definitely don't think Blue Jasmine is a Best Picture nominee. Dallas Buyers Club, however, has been hanging around with Best Picture nominations from both the BFCA and HFPA. If you're looking for a surprise Best Picture nomination, it's probably the best bet. I don't think huge expectation changes should be made based on one organization, but I would probably move Llewyn Davis out of the "guaranteed a nomination" category where I've had it previously. Ultimately I still think it gets in.

    I'm curious Brad, which major Oscars do you see Her contending for? I think it's probably the frontrunner for Original Screenplay but can't see it winning anywhere else. A Best Picture nomination feels likely and possibly even Best Director, but I have a hard time seeing Phoenix breaking into a tough Best Actor field. And I don't think there's any chance it wins any of those awards.

    • http://hauntedbyhumans.wordpress.com J.R.Meehl

      Her will get a Best Picture nom and an original screenplay nom. It MAY get nominations for Best Editing, Best Director, and Best Actor. But as you say, the last two are long shots.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    I fail to see how American Hustle keeps making these nominations; great performances but just not a strong enough story.

    • GobleGableOneOfUs

      The story IS the characters, just like Goodfellas, Boogie Nights, and even The Godfather were. They were all each part of a genre that had already been well established at the time they were made; so that while the plot structure might be conceived as generic by some, the characters really do make it about as fresh and original as anything.

      • conbug

        You got it almost right. "American Hustle" is about the human condition suggesting we are all a con artist at one time or another as we live our lives and if not the best film is right up there at number 2. Terrific fun movie. Hope it makes it all the way to best pic but it looks like the over rated and over hype "12 Years" is going to win it all.

        • GobleGableOneOfUs

          Now 12 Years is a fantastic film with a brilliant script, amazing performances from Ejiofor, Nyong'o, Fassbender, Dano, including the cameos from Cumberbatch, Woodard, Pitt, and Giamatti, with top notch direction and imo Hans Zimmer's best score since Gladiator, so I'm not sure to what extent you mean it is overrated or overhyped. It's hard to say whether it's better or worse than Hustle considering their differences in genre. I wouldn't have a problem if 12 Years won best pic, though I would if say Gravity were to win it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    i really hope inside llewyn davis gets an oscar nom for best picture. its one of the 5 best movies of the year, I'm also hopping for a screenplay nom and a best director nom as well. such a great movie.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Art/ Art

    Glad to see the love for Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and Breaking Bad. Still hoping to catch American Hustle.