The 32nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, March 24th, 2021.
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:
Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth, Douglas Urbanski, for Mank
Out of all the guilds, this one presents the hardest challenge to come up with a vote. When one is awarding the work of the producer, what is the metric? Is it the highest box-office? Best return on investment? The film that mixes the best on each specific creative field? The project that overcomes the hardest challenges to come to life? Simply the “best film”, whatever that means?
In any case, Mank is a film that combines great aesthetical prowess with entertainment value as it tells a story set in the universe of filmmaking, and carrying some valid criticism to the political process that still is meaningful today. (Not seen: Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman.)
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: Dana Murray, for Soul
Another aesthetical grand-slam, Soul
tells a story that is extremely touching, dealing with abstract concepts and themes with great ease and success. (Not seen The Croods: A New Age
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures: Craig Foster, for My Octopus Teacher
Visually beautiful, emotionally engaging, and very unexpected, My Octopus Teacher is also subdued in the telling of its relevant message. (Not seen: Softie, A Thousand Cuts, The Truffle Hunters.)