‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Arrival’ Among 2017 PGA Film Nods

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Celebrating the best producing work of the year, the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards unveiled their feature film picks today. The guild has crowned the eventual Academy Award for Best Picture winner for eight out of the nine previous years (last year’s winner, “The Big Short,” fell to “Spotlight” at the Oscars), so the Jan. 28 ceremony will be regarded as a significant precursor to the Oscars. Which could go on to win?

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures included 10 of the year’s top films: “Arrival,” “Deadpool,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Moonlight.”

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This year’s film nominees join the recently announced honorees for television. The 2017 PGA winners will be announced Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The annual ceremony will also feature special honors given to Tom Rothman (Milestone Award), James L. Brooks (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Irwin Winkler (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Megan Ellison (Visionary Award), and Focus Features’ film “Loving” (Stanley Kramer Award).

For a partial list of nominees, see below, or visit the Producers Guild of America’s official website.

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

“Arrival” (Paramount Pictures)
Producers: Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, Aaron Ryder, David Linde

“Deadpool” (20th Century Fox)
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner

“Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
Producers: Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, Todd Black

“Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit Entertainment)
Producers: Bill Mechanic, David Permut

“Hell or High Water” (CBS Films and Lionsgate)
Producers: Carla Hacken, Julie Yorn

“Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
Producers: Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi

“La La Land” (Lionsgate)
Producers: Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt

“Lion” (The Weinstein Co.)
Producers: Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, Angie Fielder

“Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
Producers: Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin Walsh

“Moonlight” (A24)
Producers: Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

“Finding Dory” (Walt Disney Studios)
Producer: Lindsey Collins

“Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus Features)
Producers: Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight

“Moana” (Walt Disney Studios)
Producer: Osnat Shurer

“The Secret Life of Pets” (Universal Pictures)
Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

“Zootopia” (Walt Disney Studios)
Producer: Clark Spencer

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Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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