We've known since September that "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" would be prime players in this year's best picture Oscar race. And when
Thursday's Producers Guild of America feature film nominations provided a measure of clarity to the movies that might fill out the back end of the academy's best picture ballot. In addition to the quartet of films already mentioned, PGA voters nominated
Among the notable contenders left out: the
Will the PGA's 10 nominees line up with the academy's picks? Last year, Oscar voters nominated nine movies for best picture. (The category can range from five to 10 nominees, with the preferential voting system's math making it unlikely that the maximum number can be reached.) The academy bypassed two 2013 PGA nominees -- Wes Anderson's
Since the academy expanded the best picture race from five to the now potential 10 best picture nominees and the Producers Guild followed suit, 32 of the 40 PGA nominees went on to earn Oscar nominations. The PGA winner ended up taking the academy's best picture prize 17 of 24 times, including the last six years in a row.
The PGA-nominated movies most on the bubble this year are probably
History is on the Coens' side here. Though PGA voters ignored their 2009 movie,
You could make a case that Jonze has developed that same kind of following. And "Dallas Buyers Club," which earned three SAG nominations, certainly seems to have its fans as well. Then again, "Dreamgirls" picked up PGA and SAG ensemble nominations, but failed to receive a best picture nod in 2007. So, "Dallas' " place at the table isn't quite secure.
The Producers Guild Awards will be held Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Lori McCreary and Michael DeLuca serve as co-chairs for the show, which is not televised.