Producers Guild Nominations Keep ‘Dune’ in Play

Is this a best-picture preview?

The Producers Guild of America announced its 10 nominees for best feature film on Thursday, and the group is considered one of the strongest signs of where the Oscar wind is blowing: Over the last three years, only one eventual best-picture nominee (“The Father”) made it into the best-picture lineup of the Academy Awards without first being nominated for the PGAs.

Here is the PGA list of nominees:

Being the Ricardos



Don’t Look Up


King Richard

Licorice Pizza

The Power of the Dog

Tick, Tick … Boom!

West Side Story

The PGA Awards favor blockbuster product — in previous years, you’ve seen nominees like “Skyfall,” the 2009 “Star Trek,” and “Wonder Woman” — so these nominations are bad news for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “No Time to Die,” two expensive action films trying to muscle their way into the best picture race. The highest-grossing film in this year’s PGA lineup is “Dune,” which made $398 million even as it was simultaneously released on HBO Max.

Those notable omissions aside, the PGA nominees include many of this season’s most-recognized films, like Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” the Kenneth Branagh drama “Belfast,” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” And after a strong showing with the Screen Actors Guild, films like “King Richard” and “Being the Ricardos” once again proved their muscle.

When Oscar recognizes a movie that the PGAs snubbed, it’s almost always something smaller and more intimate like “Winter’s Bone,” “Room” or “Amour.” That leaves an opening for “The Lost Daughter,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” and the Japanese drama “Drive My Car,” which has been sweeping prizes from critics groups, but the PGAs may spell the end for glitzier, bigger-budget contenders like “House of Gucci” and “Nightmare Alley.”

Winners will be announced in a ceremony March 19.

Here is the rest of the Producers Guild list:

Animated Feature



“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

“Raya and the Last Dragon”

“Sing 2”



“The First Wave”


“In the Same Breath”

“The Rescue”

“Simple as Water”

“Summer of Soul”

“Writing With Fire”

Episodic Drama

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“The Morning Show”

“Squid Game”



Episodic Comedy

“Cobra Kai”

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”


“Only Murders in the Building”

“Ted Lasso”

Limited or Anthology Series


“Mare of Easttown”

“The Underground Railroad”


“The White Lotus”

Television Movie

“8-Bit Christmas”

“Come From Away”


“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”

“Single All the Way”

“Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers”

Nonfiction Television

“60 Minutes”

“Allen v. Farrow”

“The Beatles: Get Back”

“Queer Eye”

“Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”

Live, Variety, Sketch, Standup and Talk Show

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”

“Dave Chappelle: The Closer”

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

“Saturday Night Live”

Game and Competition Television

“America’s Got Talent”

“Nailed It!”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”