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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Awards Season 2015: Guild Awards Nominations


When I report on Awards Season, I don't tend to mention the Guild Awards (or, if I do, it'll only be to mention the winners). Because the Guild Awards tend to be voted on by members of the Academy, it's a good barometer of the way the Oscar nominations may go. This year's Guild nominations have thrown up some interesting things so I thought I'd go through them. 

PRODUCERS' GUILD AWARDS NOMINATIONS


The nominations were announced on 5th January, and will be awarded on 24th January.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
The Theory Of Everything
Whiplash

Selma's lack of nomination was a bit of a surprise, as was the inclusion of American Sniper. It's the first real serious shot the film has had during awards season, so it could sneak in for a Best Picture nod. That aside, the usual suspects are in attendance and I fully expect to see at least 9 of these names on Thursday.


WRITERS' GUILD AWARDS NOMINATIONS


The nominations were announced on 7th January, and will be awarded on 14th February.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler
Whiplash

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
American Sniper
Gone Girl
Guardians Of The Galaxy
The Imitation Game
Wild

I don't tend to focus on the screenplay Oscars, but- as a writer and a film fan- I do have an interest in what's been nominated. Whiplash has had a bit of controversy over where to put the script (the full-length film was originally based on a short directed by Damian Chazelle and expanded from that short) but the WGA have declared it original. The main reason I want to bring it up is Guardians Of The Galaxy getting recognised in the Adapted Screenplay category. It makes me happy.


DIRECTOR'S GUILD AWARD NOMINATIONS


The nominations were announced on 13th January, and will be awarded on 7th February.

FEATURE FILM NOMINEES

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Clint Eastwood (American Sniper)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

Right... now this is where things get interesting. Anderson, Inarritu and Linklater have been fixtures on the Best Director lists from the start so their nominations are no surprise. However, this is the first mention for both Eastwood and Tyldum in this awards season, over others such as Ava DuVernay (Selma) and David Fincher (Gone Girl).  I think it means the Best Director nominations are far from locked and Thursday might see some curveballs.


Tomorrow (Wednesday 14th) will see the nominations for the Razzie Awards and I will get off the fence and come up with my official Oscar nomination predictions.

Tez

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