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Wednesday January 08, 2020

Guilds Announce, Oscar Race Tightens

The three big guild nominations were announced this week—PGA, DGA and WGA—and it's narrowed down the best picture race a bit:

MOVIE PGA DGA WGA
The Irishman x x x
JoJo Rabbit x x x
1917 x x x
Parasite x x x
Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood x x  
Knives Out x   x
Joker x   x
Little Women x   x
Marriage Story x   x
Ford v. Ferrari x    
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood     x
Booksmart     x

OK, so the DGA can do the narrowing on its own.

As I wrote last year, only twice in its 71-year history has the DGA not nominated the director of the movie that eventually won the Oscar for best picture. (For sticklers, these were: Olivier, “Hamlet,” 1948; Beresford, “Driving Miss Daisy,” 1989; both received no DGA nom.) If this holds, we‘re down to five movies.

Actually, make that four. No way the Academy will go “JoJo Rabbit.”

And has a foreign-language film ever won best picture? No. Not even “Roma.” So we seem to be down to three:

  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

“Irishman” also has that Netflix/streaming problem, which might take away votes. Maybe it’s two? Maybe it's QT's year?

Oscar noms take place Monday, Jan. 13. Not sure why the change from the traditional Tuesday. Is someone at the Academy into “disruption”? Thrilling. 

Posted at 01:34 PM on Wednesday January 08, 2020 in category Movies - Awards  
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