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Applauding Six of the 10 PGA Nominated Films

2014 PGA nominees for best film

Among the nominees: “The Theory of Everything,” “Nightcrawler,” “Whiplash,” “Gone Girl” and “Birdman.”

Screw the critics, time for the industry awards. 

The Producers Guild of America, or PGA, announced its 2014 nominees for both film and TV today. Here are its 10 nominated films:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • Gone Girl
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Nightcrawler
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

I'm happy to see half of these movies make the list. (Specifically: “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Nightcrawler” and “Whiplash.”) I'm resigned to seeing “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” on here. Neither deserves it, but they were made to be on these lists, and garner these awards, so here they are. “American Sniper” is a late Eastwood entry (again) that hasn't arrived in Seattle yet, so no comment. “Gone Girl”? Meh.

But eveyrthing else, yay. 

What's missing? Among the assumed nominees: “Selma,” “Unbroken.” Among the good pictures? “The Drop” and “Fury.” 

Does it mean anything for the Oscars? A bit. Every PGA winner since 2006 (“Little Miss Sunshine”) has gone on to win the Academy's best picture. Plus, only one best picture Oscar winner has not been nominated by the PGA: “Braveheart” in 1995. So it's likely your 2014 Oscar winner is above.

The ceremony takes place Jan. 24. 

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Posted at 11:54 AM on Mon. Jan 05, 2015 in category Movies - Awards  
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