PGA Nominations 2014: Ten Features Reveal Where Oscar Voters Might Go, Weinsteins Shut Out

PGA Nominations 2014: Ten Features Reveal Where Oscar Voters Might Go, Weinsteins Shut Out

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) nominees for the 25th PGA Awards have landed. They are are closely watched as harbingers of strength and weakness for the Oscars. The producers added ten feature nominees four years ago after the Oscars did; they’re sticking to it, while the Oscars are still tinkering with trying to make their selection process fair. (Here’s how the Oscar Best Picture selection works.)

The surprise strong contenders are Focus Features’ low-budget pickup “Dallas Buyers Club” and Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” (Sony Pictures Classics). And if we were worried about Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” it is still in the running although the controversy about glorifying its anti-heroes has hit since PGA ballots closed. 

It’s a good news bad news day for producer Scott Rudin: on the nominations list is “Captain Phillips,” but left off is the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” He can be consoled that having an even worse day is Harvey Weinstein, as would-be TWC contenders “The Butler,” “August: Osage County,” “Mandela: The Long Walk Home,” “Philomena” and lauded indie “Fruitvale Station” didn’t make the cut at all.

These titles may have to settle, if they land in the Oscar sphere at all, for other noms. “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Philomena” are still looking good for some Oscar nominations. “The Butler” and “August: Osage County” should land some acting nods, but that’s far from a sure thing at this point. The Weinstein Co. did not buy For Your Consideration ads for “Mandela” or “Fruitvale Station” in a recent LA edition of New York Times, while according one full page to “Philomena” and a half-page each for “August: Osage County” and “The Butler.” 

The 2014 PGA winners will be announced on January 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the PGA will present special honors to Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Robert Iger (Milestone Award), Peter Jackson & Joe Letteri (Vanguard Award), Chuck Lorre (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Illumination Entertainment animation czar Chris Meledandri (Visionary Award) and rookie Ryan Cooger’s “Fruitvale Station” (Stanley Kramer Award). The Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs are Lori McCreary and Michael De Luca.

The 2014 nominated films and television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category, along with producers:

The theatrical motion picture nominees are:

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

Ø  American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Ø  Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Ø  Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Ø  Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Ø  Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Ø  Her (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay

Ø  Nebraska (Paramount Pictures)

Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa

Ø  Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Producers: Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer

Ø  12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers:  Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner

Ø  Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)

Producers: Riza Aziz, Emma Koskoff, Joey McFarland

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Ø  The Croods (DreamWorks Animation)

Producers: Kristine Belson, Jane Hartwell

Ø  Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures)

Producers: Janet Healy, Chris Meledandri

Ø  Epic (Twentieth Century Fox)

Producers: Jerry Davis, Lori Forte

Ø  Frozen (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Producer: Peter Del Vecho

Ø  Monsters University (Pixar Animation)

Producer: Kori Rae

The television nominees are:

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

Ø  American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

Producers: Brad Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy, Chip Vucelich

Ø  Behind the Candelabra (HBO)

Producers: Susan Ekins, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Polaire, Jerry Weintraub

Ø  Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)

Producers: Mary Lisio, Larry Rapaport, Ridley Scott, Teri Weinberg, David W. Zucker

Ø  Phil Spector (HBO)

Producers: Michael Hausman, Barry Levinson

Ø  Top of the Lake (Sundance Channel)

Producers: Philippa Campbell, Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman

The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series. 

In late 2013, the Producers Guild of America announced the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture, Television Series and Non-Fiction Television Nominations; the following list includes complete producer credits.

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Ø  A PLACE AT THE TABLE (Magnolia Pictures)

Producers: Julie Goldman, Ryan Harrington, Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush


                Producers: Brad Bernstein, Rick Cikowski

Ø  LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM (HBO Documentary Films)

                Producers: Andrea Nix Fine, Sean Fine, Miriam Weintraub


                Producers: Alexis Bloom, Alex Gibney, Marc Shmuger


                Producers: James Brabazon, Nick Quested

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

Ø  Breaking Bad (AMC)

Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

Ø  Downton Abbey (ITV – United Kingdom;  PBS – United States)

Producers: Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge

Ø  Game of Thrones (HBO)

Producers: David Benioff, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, D.B. Weiss, Christopher Newman, Greg Spence, Carolyn Strauss

Ø  Homeland (Showtime)

Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm

Ø  House of Cards (Netflix)

Producers: Joshua Donen, David Fincher, Karyn McCarthy, John Melfi, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey, Beau Willimon

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

Ø  30 Rock (NBC)

Producers: Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock, Luke Del Tredici , Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard , Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer , Colleen McGuinness, Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Dylan Morgan , Jeff Richmond , Josh Siegal, Tracey Wigfield

Ø  Arrested Development (Netflix)

Producers: John Foy, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Mitchell Hurwitz, Dean Lorey, Troy Miller, Richard Rosenstock, Jim Vallely 

Ø  Big Bang Theory, The (CBS)

Producers: Bill Prady, Chucke Lorre, Steve Molaro, Faye Oshima Belyeu

Ø  Modern Family (ABC)

Producers: Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeffrey Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker


Producers: Simon Blackwell, Christopher Godsick, Armando Iannucci, Stephanie Laing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Tony Roche

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

Ø  30 for 30 (ESPN)

Producers:  Bill Simmons, John Dahl, Erin Leyden, Connor Schell

Ø  Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig

Ø  Duck Dynasty (A&E Networks)

Producers: Deirdre Gurney, Scott Gurney, Mike Odair, Hugh Peterson, Adam Saltzberg, Charlie Van Vleet

Ø  Inside The Actors Studio (Bravo)

Producers: James Lipton, Shawn Tesser, Jeff Wurtz

Ø  Shark Tank (ABC)

Producers: Mark Burnett, Becky Blitz, Bill Gaudsmith, Yun Lingner, Clay Newbill, Jim Roush, Laura Skowlund, Max Swedlow

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

Ø  Colbert Report, The (Comedy Central)

Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart

Ø  Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

Producers: David Craig, Ken Crosby, Doug DeLuca, Gary Greenberg, Erin Irwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Jill Leiderman, Molly McNearney, Tony Romero, Jason Shrift, Jennifer Sharron, Josh Weintraub

Ø  Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Producers: Hillary Hunn, Lorne Michaels, Gavin Purcell, Michael Shoemaker

Ø  Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Producers: Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Matt Wood

Ø  Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Producers: Ken Aymong, Erin Doyle, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, Lindsay Shookus

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

Ø  Amazing Race, The (CBS)

Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo

Ø  Dancing With The Stars (ABC)

Producers: Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur

Ø  Project Runway (Lifetime) 

Producers: Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Colleen Sands

Ø  Top Chef (Bravo)

Producers: Tom Colicchio, Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Erica Ross, Nan Strait, Andrew Wallace

Ø  Voice, The (NBC)

Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Nicolle Yaron, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker

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:

Ø  24/7 (HBO)

Ø  Hard Knocks (HBO)

Ø  Monday Night Football (ESPN)

Ø  Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

Ø  SportsCenter (ESPN)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

Ø  Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon)

Ø  iCarly (Nickelodeon)

Ø  Phineas and Ferb (Disney Channel)

Ø  Sesame Street (Sprout)

Ø  SpongeBob Squarepants (Nickelodeon)

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:

Ø  Burning Love 

Ø  Epic Rap Battles of History 

Ø  Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The 

Ø  Video Game High School 

Ø  Wired: What’s Inside 

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As a Producer member of the Producers Guild, I was saddened to see that "The Book Thief" and "Philomena," weren't nominated over some of the nominated films and happy to see that "August, Osage County", didn't make the cut. Perhaps this is the year of the totally dysfunctional family downer films. Can anyone truthfully say that they want to to see films like "Nebraska", "Blue Jasmine" and "Her" multiple times for the pleasure they bring? Terrific performances aside, we have to ask ourselves what the hell is the point of watching a family in turmoil? Don't we get enough of that in our own lives? Or is it that watching films about dysfunctional families going at each other like street gangs somehow eases the anxiety we have about the dysfunction in our own families? One thing is certain, this year produced an exceptional crop of feature films and while I may or may not agree with some of you about individual pictures, you have to agree that this year producers created "something" for everyone and that most of those "somethings" came from independent filmmakers.


I thought Dallas Buyers Club was one of the best movies of the year, both Matthew and Jared should win the Oscar for their performances. It was also a very moving film, very realistic.

Nick George

American Hustle was a brilliant film.


It's pretty sad when "The Wolf", a tribute to debauchery and bad taste, with no redemptive qualities, is included, and "Saving Mr. Banks", which is just a film that could have been the movie of the week a few years ago gets a spot, but terrific films like "Fruitvale Station", "Philomena" and "Davis" are neglected. What in the world is going on? At least they had the decency to include Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and "Nebraska", two films with a lot of heart and intelligence.


Does the fact that Ryan Coogler is receiving the Stanley Kramer Award offset Fruitvale's absence from the top ten? Might it mean that Fruitvale does have support, but that they figured it was already being honored there, and so made room for other films in a tight year?


Couldn't agree more with John, American Hustle was so bad that I couldn't finish it. Seriously, Amy Adams lacks any charisma or warmth, much less sex appeal. At 40 her body is just not "there" (not that it ever was) and does anyone actually like her? No. Brad Cooper and Bale are wasted in this movie that seems to have tried to steal a few scenes from Redford and Streisand, but since Bale and Adams are so Not made for each other, fails miserably. So many great actresses waiting for a chance…Put American Hustle in the $1 dustbin and come up with some really good movies. Love MM in Dallas. He should win but How can anyone win against a slave movie? So politically incorrect. Oh wait, maybe Hollywood could make some great movies with black actors that aren't about slavery or racism. But No. how could that happen?


Something is seriously rotten in the state of Hollywood — "American Hustle" is a mess of a movie, one that doesn't even seem to UNDERSTAND the implications of the actions of its leads, and presented as a giggling con like "The Sting." "The Wolf of Wall Street" FULL WELL understands the implications of its lead characters, and presents them as depraved, deluded, troubled people, but doesn't stoop so low as to hit the audience over the head with that. It may be presented as a drug-filled lark, but it's just showing us what happened without making the-audience-is-stupid commentary.

And "Fruitvale Station," WHAT? Has everyone gone nutso when the decently shot and fiercely acted "Dallas Buyers Club" can be nominated as one of the 10 best movies of the year, but the innovative, imaginative, soul-searing beauty of "Fruitvale Station" isn't recognized?

Oh, wait, yeah, it's about punishing the Weinsteins, slapping little Marty in the face for having guts, and being swayed by publicists and marketers. This isn't about honoring the best films, it's about politics and popularity. The money spent on pursuing year-end film accolades should be put to better use in the world.

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