Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Producers Guild Goes for “Fabelmans,” “Elvis,” “Banshees,” “Tar,” “Top Gun Maverick,” “Wakanda, More

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OK, Oscar ballots are out, voting begins and now we have the Producers Guild nominees.

They are:

Avatar, Banshees of Inisherin, Black Panther Wakanda Forever, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Glass Onion, Tar, Top Gun Maverick, and The Whale.

Those 10 could be the Oscars Best Picture nominees as well. It’s likely since they line up overlap with the Directors Guild, too. (Writers Guild doesn’t count because not every film is a signatory.)

So now what? Interesting that both Avatar and Wakanda made it in because they’re sequels to recent films. Maverick is like a new film, really, it’s so much better than the original and Jerry Bruckheimer deserves the nod. How they did that flying remains a miracle.

The winner of this award doesn’t automatically win the Oscar. This is about pulling off a great achievement.

Absent from this list are Woman King, Babylon, She Said, RRR, and Till. Till! This poor movie has really suffered at the hands of MGM. It should be there instead of a few others. What a shame.

As for Oscar ballots, the voting is competitive for the nominees. Best Actress is the hot category, where Michelle Williams is my first choice from “The Fabelmans.” She’s been nominated four times, she’s the only one of the pack without an Oscar, and her performance is sublime.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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