Oscars 2021: Is the Race Over? Nomadland Wins Top Honor from PGA

Nomadland Wins Top Film Prize at Producers Guild Awards–Locking It Up at the Oscars

Joshua Richards

The Producers Guild of America awarded Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland with their top prize, one of the key indicators for the Academy Awards, particularly the best picture category.

All the acceptance speeches were pre-recorded with “Nomadland” giving a more lavished presentation than in other award shows.

Last year’s 1917 from Sam Mendes lost the Oscar after wins from PGA and DGA to Parasite, which only had the coveted SAG cast ensemble prize under its belt.

Nomadland is not nominated at SAG in their top category, leaving an opening for a film to pick up some momentum and try to catch up. Another interesting note is that every time a film has won best picture at the Oscars, without a directing nomination, the film has won the PGA preceding it, in the existence of the guild awards.

Pixar’s “Soul” won the award for animated feature, further cementing its frontrunner status. Producer Dana Murray took a cue from the Jodie Foster playbook, giving her acceptance speech in her pajamas, with her two children jumping into the shot.

In the television categories, Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” won comedy for its final season while “The Crown” took drama series.

Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit” took the prize for limited series while Disney Plus’ “Hamilton” edged out HBO’s “Bad Education” for outstanding producers of televised or streamed motion pictures.

The pre-taped production had two typos, first with presenter Steven Yeun (spelled as Steven Yuen) introducing “Minari” and later during the “In Memoriam” segment, misspelling “Life of Pi” star Irrfan Khan (as Irrif Kahn).

In Memoriam

The “In Memoriam” segment featured 21 members of the community that passed in the last year. The list included Steve Bing, Chadwick Boseman, Harry Bring, Sue Bruce-Smith, Allan Burns, Kevin Burns, Stuart Cornfeld, Kirk Douglas, Charles Gordon, Buck Henry, Irrfan Khan, Thomas L. Miller, Tom Pollock, Rebecca Ramsey, Carl Reiner, Gene Reynolds, Pamela Ross, Ronald Schwary, Lynn Shelton, Fred Silverman and Jamie Tarses.