2020 PGA Award Noms Include ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Marriage Story’

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One of the strongest predictors of the eventual Oscar winner for best picture, the Producers Guild of America has announced its nominees ahead of the 31st annual PGA Awards.

Their top category, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, includes the producers behind 10 of this year’s buzziest films: Universal Pictures’ “1917,” 20th Century Fox’s “Ford v Ferrari,” Neon’s “Parasite,” Netflix’s “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story,” Sony’s “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood” and “Little Women,” Fox Searchlight’s “Jojo Rabbit,” Lionsgate’s “Knives Out,” and Warner Bros.’ “Joker.” At last year’s PGA ceremony, “Green Book” took home the honor—presaging its eventual best picture win at the 2019 Academy Awards.

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On the TV side, two PGA categories honor scripted drama and comedy: the Norman Felton Award and Danny Thomas Award, respectively. Following a few 2019 Emmy trends, HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Succession,” and “Barry,” Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” FX’s “Fosse/Verdon,” and Netflix’s “When They See Us” all made the shortlist.

The 31st annual PGA ceremony will take place Jan. 18 in Los Angeles, also presenting special honors to Ted Sarandos, Plan B producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, Marta Kauffman, and Octavia Spencer. For a full list of 2020 nominees and more, visit the Producers Guild of America’s official website.

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Jack Smart
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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