Steve McQueen’s historic drama “12 Years a Slave,” David O. Russell’s corruption saga “American Hustle” and Spike Jonze’s romantic comedy “Her” are among the motion-picture nominees for the Producers Guild of America, or PGA, awards in 2014.
The film that wins the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures is, in most cases, also a forerunner to bag the best motion picture award at the Oscars. The PGA also announced that “Fruitvale Station,” based on the true story of a man shot and killed by police in Oakland, Calif., will be honored with the 2014 Stanley Kramer Award.
“Fruitvale Station is an important film that raises awareness about an injustice that we encounter in the news with grim regularity. First time writer/director Ryan Coogler has captured the hearts and minds of both audiences and critics with his poignant portrayal of the true story of Oscar Grant,” Producers Guild Awards Co-Chair Lori McCreary said, according to reports.
Ten films were nominated for the award on Thursday, including Woody Allen’s tragicomedy, “Blue Jasmine,” Paul Greengrass’ biographical adventure epic, “Captain Phillips,” Jean-Marc Vallee’s AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club,” Alfanso Cuaron’s sci-fi thriller, “Gravity,” Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
The 2014 PGA winners will be announced on Jan. 19 at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in California.
The PGA also announced nominations for The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures that include DreamWorks Animation's (NASDAQ:DWA) “The Croods,” Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 2,” Twentieth Century Fox’s “Epic,” Walt Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) “Frozen,” and Pixar Animation’s “Monsters University.”
The television nominations for The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television include FX Networks’ “American Horror Story: Asylum,” HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Kennedy,” HBO’s “Phil Spector,” and Sundance Channel’s “Top of the Lake.”
The Producers Guild will also present special honors to James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures as recognition for their outstanding body of work in motion pictures.
Disney's CEO Robert Iger will be given the Milestone Award while Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri, who have brought J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world to the big screen, will be honored with the Vanguard Award. Chuck Lorre, known for producing popular sitcoms such as "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men," will receive the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television while Chris Meledandri, who has produced animation hits such as "Ice Age" and "Despicable Me" will get the Visionary Award.