PGA Awards 2023 Nominations: The Whale, Avatar 2, Top Gun: Maverick

The 2023 Producers Guild of America Awards nominations surprised Thursday with the shocking inclusion of Brendan Fraser’s best actor vehicle “The Whale” in the lineup, plus four sequels: “Avatar: The Way of Water” , “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” and “Top Gun: Maverick”.

A24 topped every movie studio’s list with Daniels’ “Everything Everywhere All at Once” joining “The Whale” for best picture. Live-action animation hybrid “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” made the list of animated movies, which also included “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and “turning red.”

Rounding out the 10 films for best picture were “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Elvis,” “The Fabelmans” and “Tár.” The main award, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Picture, is a strong predictor for the best picture Oscar. Seven of the past 10 PGA winners have won best picture. PGA nominations are crucial, especially with the Academy Awards opening on Thursday.

Notable were the PGA snubs, with zero female-directed films in the top category, particularly “Aftersun,” “She Said,” “The Woman King” and “Women Talking.”

International and non-English features also failed to make a splash, such as Netflix’s “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Sony Pictures Classics’ “Living,” and Neon’s “Triangle of Sadness.”

The 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Films

  • “Avatar: The Way of Water” (20th Century Studios)
  • “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Marvel Studios)
  • “Elvis” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Everything everywhere, all at once” (A24)
  • “The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Crystal Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (Netflix)
  • “Tár” (Focusing Characteristics)
  • Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)
  • “The Whale” (A24)
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Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Films

  • “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” (Netflix)
  • “Marcel the shell with his shoes on” (A24)
  • “Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Universal Pictures/Illumination)
  • “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” (DreamWorks Animation)
  • “Going Red” (Pixar)

Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama

  • “Andor” (Disney+)
  • “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
  • “Ozarks” (Netflix)
  • “Indemnity” (Apple TV+)
  • “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy

  • “Abbott Elementary” (ABC)
  • “Barry” (HBO)
  • “The Bear” (special effects)
  • “Hacks” (HBO Max)
  • “Only murders in the building” (Hulu)

David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited or Anthology Television Series

  • “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” (Netflix)
  • “The Abandonment” (Hulu)
  • “Inventing Anna” (Netflix)
  • “Obi-Wan Kenobi” (Disney+)
  • “Pam and Tommy” (Hulu)

Award for Outstanding Producer of Films Televised or Broadcast

  • “Fire Island” (Hulu)
  • “Hocus Pocus 2” (Disney+)
  • “Pinocchio” (Disney+)
  • “Dam” (Hulu)
  • “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” (The Roku Channel)

Outstanding Nonfiction Television Producer Award

  • “30 for 30” (ESPN)
  • 60 minutes (CBS)
  • “George Carlin’s American Dream” (HBO)
  • “Lucy and Desi” (Amazon Prime Video)
  • “Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy” (CNN)

Outstanding Producer Award for Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Standup & Talk Television

  • “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
  • “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
  • “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)
  • “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding Game and Competition Television Producer Award

The PGA nominees for Documentary Feature, Sports, Children’s and Short Film were previously announced in December.

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