What have the Guilds told us this year? Commonly the best guide to the eventual Oscar nominations, there have been some surprises in recent years. This year could be no exception. Below are the list of nominees by the PGA, DGA and WGA.
Producers Guild of America (PGA) Nominees
Best Feature Film
12 Years A Slave
Dallas Buyers Club
Saving Mr Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street
The best guide for the Best Picture field is the DGA nominations. It looks like Dallas Buyers Club (also honoured at the SAG and WGA) has an edge over Inside Llewyn Davis, which is the notable exclusion. I’m not so certain the Academy will have ten nominees and it is very hard to predict which film/s will miss out (if any). If it were just five (as it once was) I predict they would be 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Captain Phillips and Saving Mr Banks OR Nebraska.
Best Animated Film
Despicable Me 2
Best Documentary Film
A Place at the Table
Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
Life According to Sam
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington
Directors Guild of America (DGA) Nominees
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street
David O. Russell – American Hustle
The five selected here didn’t surprise, but it does show that Captain Phillips, honoured by all of the Guilds, looks set to receive multiple nominations and must be considered one of the favourites. Whether the Academy will nominate Scorsese, considering the controversy surrounding The Wolf of Wall Street, remains to be seen, but he looks to have to edge over Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Spike Jonze (Her) and Jean Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), whose films are likely to be amongst the Best Picture field. Cuaron and McQueen the clear favourites here, but I am ecstatic that Greengrass has received recognition.
Writers Guild of America (WGA) Nominees
American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
Her, Written by Spike Jonze
Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson
The most notable omission here is the Coen Brothers screenplay for Inside Llewyn Davis. They have been completely shut out of the Guilds (including the SAG), which suggests that their film will not be amongst the Oscar Best Picture field.
August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty Lone Survivor, Written by Peter Berg; Based on the book by Marcus Lutrell with Patrick Robinson The Wolf of Wall Street, Screenplay by Terence Winter; Based on the book by Jordan Belfort
Ineligible for this category were John Ridley’s screenplay for 12 Years A Slave, which will very likely receive an Oscar nomination, and Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope’s screenplay for Philomena. The surprise inclusion is Lone Survivor, which could be the casualty for 12 Years A Slave.
Dirty Wars, Written by Jeremy Scahill & David Riker Herblock – The Black & The White, Written by Sara Lukinson & Michael Stevens No Place on Earth, Written by Janet Tobias & Paul Laikin Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks; Written by Alex Gibney
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