The Producers Guild of America announced the nominations for Best Documentary Feature on Monday (Nov. 20). The seven finalists are: “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts,” “Cries from Syria,” “Earth: One Amazing Day, “Jane,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee.”
The PGA has an excellent track record presaging the Best Picture winner at the Oscars. Since it began handing out prizes in 1990, the guild feted 19 of the 27 Oscar champs, including eight in a row beginning in 2008. But how does it do when it comes to forecasting which Documentary Feature will win the Academy Award?
Since the PGA began giving out this award in 2007, it has honored five of the 10 films that went on to win the Oscar while four of its champs were snubbed outright by the academy and one contended there but was defeated.
2008: “Sicko” (lost Oscar to “Taxi to the Dark Side”)
2009: “Man on Wire”
2010: “The Cove”
2011: “Waiting for ‘Superman'” (not nominated at Oscars)
2012: “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” (not nominated at Oscars)
2013: “Searching for Sugar Man”
2014: “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks” (not nominated at Oscars)
2015: “Life Itself” (not nominated at Oscars)
2017: “O.J.: Made in America”
And just how many of the PGA nominees reaped Oscar bids?
Of the 48 PGA contenders over the past decade, only 11 have gone on to compete at the Oscars.
Of five 2008 PGA nominees: “Sicko” contends at Oscars
Of three 2009 PGA nominees: “Man on Wire” wins Oscar and “Trouble the Water” contends;
Of four 2010 PGA nominees: “The Cove” wins Oscar and “Burma VJ” contends;
Of six 2011 PGA nominees: “Inside Job” wins Oscar;
Of five 2012 PGA nominees: none contend at Oscars;
Of five 2013 PGA nominees: “Searching for Sugar Man” wins Oscar and “The Gatekeepers” contends; and
Of five 2014 PGA nominees: none contend at Oscars;
Of five 2015 PGA nominees: “Virunga” contends at Oscars;
Of five 2016 PGA nominees: “Amy” wins Oscar and “The Look of Silence” contends; and
Of the five 2017 PGA nominees: and “Life, Animated” contends.
The winner will be revealed at the 29th annual edition of the PGA awards on Saturday, January 20, 2018. That is the night before the Screen Actors Guild hands out its prizes. Unlike, the latter, which will air on TNT and TBS, the PGA ceremony is not televised. However, it is an equally important stop on the road to Oscar.
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