The 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will take place Saturday, January 18th, 2020.
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: Jane Rosenthal & Robert De Niro, Emma Tillinger Koskoff & Martin Scorsese, for The Irishman
Even considering the breadth of talent involved, it is a risky move to go ahead with a story that follows so many characters over such a long period of time. Of course, it’s not a major surprise the film succeeds this much. The only stain, however, is the exhibition model: a film that is such an accomplishment needs to be seen in a movie theater, and the theatrical release felt more a preview for the streaming, much smaller than recent works of Scorsese. (Not seen: 1917, Jojo Rabbit.)
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera, for Toy Story 4
It may sound easy to give the go-ahead to a new title in one of the most successful animated franchises ever, both commercially and artistically. Not so much, of course, if one also aims to preserve the quality the previous films were known for. Toy Story 4 proved to be another home-run on both fronts. (Not seen Abominable, Missing Link.)
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures: abstain (Not seen: Advocate, The Cave, For Sama, Honeyland.)