I thought it might be interesting to look at tonight's Producers Guild nominations NOT as Oscar predictions -- they're always that since the industry end game is the Oscars -- but as what they're ostensibly intended to be: awards honoring producers who shepherded certain movies to the screen. The nominees...
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
- Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov for ARGO
- Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn for BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
- Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher for DJANGO UNCHAINED
- Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh for LES MISERABLES
- Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark for LIFE OF PI
- Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg for LINCOLN
- Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales for MOONRISE KINGDOM
- Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
- Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson for SKYFALL
- Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison for ZERO DARK THIRTY
Producing is a very mysterious job from the outside looking in. Every film's producers have different jobs ahead of them based on a) what kind of project it is, b) how much fighting they'll have to do to get it made creatively and financially and c) whether they'll be separate from or very tied to the artistic decisions -- notice that only 50% of the nominated teams include the director of the film in question so some of these producers have far more influence on the final product than some of the others.
No film has an easy road to movie theaters but if you remove your feelings about which of these ten films is "the best" from an artistic and/or entertainment standpoint and start thinking about what the particular challenges might have been, it feels like a different contest altogether, right? more...