The 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
As I have been doing for a few years, as we get into the awards season, I’ll post the fictional ballots for some of the guild awards, showing what my vote would be if I had one. I will, as a rule, abstain from my fictional vote if I haven’t seen at least half of the nominees. And to be perfectly clear, I’m not a member of any of these guilds and organizations.
The list of nominees can be seen here.
Here it goes:
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt for La La Land
By one hand, the idea of making a old-fashioned musical, in the hands of a very young director, with all-original music. By the other, the requirements of that, with shootings in impossible locations. It takes great vision to look at those and go ahead, sure that the final product is going to be a very fine, entertaining film. (Not seen: Fences, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, Moonlight.)
Every film is hard work; animation, doubly so; stop-motion animation, probably double again. And if there is no sure thing when it comes to estimating what the public want to see, stop-motion animation seem a long-odds bet. The final result justifies the risks taken.
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures: abstain (the five nominated films were not seen)