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PGA Nominations 2014: Ten Features Reveal Where Oscar Voters Might Go, Weinsteins Shut Out

by Anne Thompson
January 2, 2014 12:54 PM
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"The Croods"
"The Croods"

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Ø  The Croods (DreamWorks Animation)

Producers: Kristine Belson, Jane Hartwell

Ø  Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures)

Producers: Janet Healy, Chris Meledandri

Ø  Epic (Twentieth Century Fox)

Producers: Jerry Davis, Lori Forte

Ø  Frozen (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Producer: Peter Del Vecho

Ø  Monsters University (Pixar Animation)

Producer: Kori Rae

The television nominees are:

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

Ø  American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

Producers: Brad Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy, Chip Vucelich

Ø  Behind the Candelabra (HBO)

Producers: Susan Ekins, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Polaire, Jerry Weintraub

Ø  Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)

Producers: Mary Lisio, Larry Rapaport, Ridley Scott, Teri Weinberg, David W. Zucker

Ø  Phil Spector (HBO)

Producers: Michael Hausman, Barry Levinson

Ø  Top of the Lake (Sundance Channel)

Producers: Philippa Campbell, Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman

The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series. 

In late 2013, the Producers Guild of America announced the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture, Television Series and Non-Fiction Television Nominations; the following list includes complete producer credits.

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Ø  A PLACE AT THE TABLE (Magnolia Pictures)

Producers: Julie Goldman, Ryan Harrington, Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush


                Producers: Brad Bernstein, Rick Cikowski

Ø  LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM (HBO Documentary Films)

                Producers: Andrea Nix Fine, Sean Fine, Miriam Weintraub


                Producers: Alexis Bloom, Alex Gibney, Marc Shmuger


                Producers: James Brabazon, Nick Quested

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

Ø  Breaking Bad (AMC)

Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

Ø  Downton Abbey (ITV - United Kingdom;  PBS - United States)

Producers: Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge

Ø  Game of Thrones (HBO)

Producers: David Benioff, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, D.B. Weiss, Christopher Newman, Greg Spence, Carolyn Strauss

Ø  Homeland (Showtime)

Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm

Ø  House of Cards (Netflix)

Producers: Joshua Donen, David Fincher, Karyn McCarthy, John Melfi, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey, Beau Willimon

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

Ø  30 Rock (NBC)

Producers: Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock, Luke Del Tredici , Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard , Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer , Colleen McGuinness, Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Dylan Morgan , Jeff Richmond , Josh Siegal, Tracey Wigfield

Ø  Arrested Development (Netflix)

Producers: John Foy, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Mitchell Hurwitz, Dean Lorey, Troy Miller, Richard Rosenstock, Jim Vallely 

Ø  Big Bang Theory, The (CBS)

Producers: Bill Prady, Chucke Lorre, Steve Molaro, Faye Oshima Belyeu

Ø  Modern Family (ABC)

Producers: Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeffrey Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker


Producers: Simon Blackwell, Christopher Godsick, Armando Iannucci, Stephanie Laing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Tony Roche

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

Ø  30 for 30 (ESPN)

Producers:  Bill Simmons, John Dahl, Erin Leyden, Connor Schell

Ø  Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig

Ø  Duck Dynasty (A&E Networks)

Producers: Deirdre Gurney, Scott Gurney, Mike Odair, Hugh Peterson, Adam Saltzberg, Charlie Van Vleet

Ø  Inside The Actors Studio (Bravo)

Producers: James Lipton, Shawn Tesser, Jeff Wurtz

Ø  Shark Tank (ABC)

Producers: Mark Burnett, Becky Blitz, Bill Gaudsmith, Yun Lingner, Clay Newbill, Jim Roush, Laura Skowlund, Max Swedlow

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

Ø  Colbert Report, The (Comedy Central)

Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart

Ø  Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

Producers: David Craig, Ken Crosby, Doug DeLuca, Gary Greenberg, Erin Irwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Jill Leiderman, Molly McNearney, Tony Romero, Jason Shrift, Jennifer Sharron, Josh Weintraub

Ø  Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Producers: Hillary Hunn, Lorne Michaels, Gavin Purcell, Michael Shoemaker

Ø  Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Producers: Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Matt Wood

Ø  Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Producers: Ken Aymong, Erin Doyle, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, Lindsay Shookus

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

Ø  Amazing Race, The (CBS)

Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo

Ø  Dancing With The Stars (ABC)

Producers: Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur

Ø  Project Runway (Lifetime) 

Producers: Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Colleen Sands

Ø  Top Chef (Bravo)

Producers: Tom Colicchio, Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Erica Ross, Nan Strait, Andrew Wallace

Ø  Voice, The (NBC)

Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Nicolle Yaron, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker

The following programs were not vetted for producer eligibility this year, but winners in these categories will be announced at the official ceremony on January 19:

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

Ø  24/7 (HBO)

Ø  Hard Knocks (HBO)

Ø  Monday Night Football (ESPN)

Ø  Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

Ø  SportsCenter (ESPN)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

Ø  Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon)

Ø  iCarly (Nickelodeon)

Ø  Phineas and Ferb (Disney Channel)

Ø  Sesame Street (Sprout)

Ø  SpongeBob Squarepants (Nickelodeon)

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:

Ø  Burning Love 

Ø  Epic Rap Battles of History 

Ø  Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The 

Ø  Video Game High School 

Ø  Wired: What’s Inside 


  • Joseph | January 3, 2014 3:19 PMReply

    As a Producer member of the Producers Guild, I was saddened to see that "The Book Thief" and "Philomena," weren't nominated over some of the nominated films and happy to see that "August, Osage County", didn't make the cut. Perhaps this is the year of the totally dysfunctional family downer films. Can anyone truthfully say that they want to to see films like "Nebraska", "Blue Jasmine" and "Her" multiple times for the pleasure they bring? Terrific performances aside, we have to ask ourselves what the hell is the point of watching a family in turmoil? Don't we get enough of that in our own lives? Or is it that watching films about dysfunctional families going at each other like street gangs somehow eases the anxiety we have about the dysfunction in our own families? One thing is certain, this year produced an exceptional crop of feature films and while I may or may not agree with some of you about individual pictures, you have to agree that this year producers created "something" for everyone and that most of those "somethings" came from independent filmmakers.

  • Danny | January 3, 2014 8:05 AMReply

    I thought Dallas Buyers Club was one of the best movies of the year, both Matthew and Jared should win the Oscar for their performances. It was also a very moving film, very realistic.

  • Nick George | January 3, 2014 12:31 AMReply

    American Hustle was a brilliant film.

  • bert | January 2, 2014 9:49 PMReply

    It's pretty sad when "The Wolf", a tribute to debauchery and bad taste, with no redemptive qualities, is included, and "Saving Mr. Banks", which is just a film that could have been the movie of the week a few years ago gets a spot, but terrific films like "Fruitvale Station", "Philomena" and "Davis" are neglected. What in the world is going on? At least they had the decency to include Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and "Nebraska", two films with a lot of heart and intelligence.

  • NeverTooEarlyMP | January 2, 2014 7:34 PMReply

    Does the fact that Ryan Coogler is receiving the Stanley Kramer Award offset Fruitvale's absence from the top ten? Might it mean that Fruitvale does have support, but that they figured it was already being honored there, and so made room for other films in a tight year?

  • jake | January 2, 2014 6:24 PMReply

    Couldn't agree more with John, American Hustle was so bad that I couldn't finish it. Seriously, Amy Adams lacks any charisma or warmth, much less sex appeal. At 40 her body is just not "there" (not that it ever was) and does anyone actually like her? No. Brad Cooper and Bale are wasted in this movie that seems to have tried to steal a few scenes from Redford and Streisand, but since Bale and Adams are so Not made for each other, fails miserably. So many great actresses waiting for a chance...Put American Hustle in the $1 dustbin and come up with some really good movies. Love MM in Dallas. He should win but How can anyone win against a slave movie? So politically incorrect. Oh wait, maybe Hollywood could make some great movies with black actors that aren't about slavery or racism. But No. how could that happen?

  • John | January 2, 2014 1:53 PMReply

    Something is seriously rotten in the state of Hollywood -- "American Hustle" is a mess of a movie, one that doesn't even seem to UNDERSTAND the implications of the actions of its leads, and presented as a giggling con like "The Sting." "The Wolf of Wall Street" FULL WELL understands the implications of its lead characters, and presents them as depraved, deluded, troubled people, but doesn't stoop so low as to hit the audience over the head with that. It may be presented as a drug-filled lark, but it's just showing us what happened without making the-audience-is-stupid commentary.

    And "Fruitvale Station," WHAT? Has everyone gone nutso when the decently shot and fiercely acted "Dallas Buyers Club" can be nominated as one of the 10 best movies of the year, but the innovative, imaginative, soul-searing beauty of "Fruitvale Station" isn't recognized?

    Oh, wait, yeah, it's about punishing the Weinsteins, slapping little Marty in the face for having guts, and being swayed by publicists and marketers. This isn't about honoring the best films, it's about politics and popularity. The money spent on pursuing year-end film accolades should be put to better use in the world.

  • Dee | January 2, 2014 8:38 PM

    I was with you all the way up to... Fruitvale. "Innovative...imaginative??" The real life story of Oscar Grant is a vital, social commentary to be sure, but the film lazily glides on those coattails. It's a conventionally shot movie with cliched and sentimental touches (slow-mo on Oscar and daughter; an injured dog on the street?). It's emotional pan over the head. We get it. Without Forrest Whitaker and Sundance's white-guilt obsessions with race, and TWC's release timing (bookending the Trayvon Martin case), where would Fruitvale be?

  • david | January 2, 2014 7:19 PM

    I agree with you on American Hustle. And it is not just Amy Adams but more Jennifer Lawrence who has a repeat of her role in Silver Linings Playbook, an OTT, cray cray, sexually charged and manipulative wife. It became boring and predictable really fast.

  • Michael | January 2, 2014 5:46 PM

    "This isn't about honoring the best films, it's about politics and popularity." Oh please!! You've only just worked that out? And as good as Fruitvale Station is, I hardly think innovative and imaginative are really appropriate words. "Soul-searing beauty"? Come on.

    Thoroughly agree with you about American Hustle by the way.

  • Carlos T. Jackal | January 2, 2014 5:26 PM

    And where was "Grown Ups 2?" C'mon, Producers Guild.

  • J | January 2, 2014 4:11 PM

    Is that you, John Weinstein? Boo frickin hoo.

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