PGA Awards Nominations – ‘Deadpool’ Shocks Again

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The Producers Guild of America announced its picks for its top film award today. “Deadpool” managed a shocking upset, while the usual picks were mostly among the list.

The PGA has matched the Oscar for Best Picture in 19 of its 27 years, although last year it chose “The Big Short” instead of eventual Best Picture winner “Spotlight.”

Of last year’s PGA nominees, the following made it to Best Picture at the Oscars: “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant” and “Spotlight.”

Check out the full list below, as well as the qualifying producers for each film:

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


  • Arrival

Producers: Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, Aaron Ryder, David Linde


  • Deadpool

Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner


  • Fences

Producers: Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, Todd Black


  • Hacksaw Ridge

Producers: Bill Mechanic, David Permut


  • Hell or High Water

Producers: Carla Hacken, Julie Yorn


  • Hidden Figures

Producers: Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin & Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi


  • La La Land

Producers: Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt


  • Lion

Producers: Emile Sherman & Iain Canning, Angie Fielder


  • Manchester By the Sea

Producers: Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin Walsh


  • Moonlight

Producers: Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner & Jeremy Kleiner


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:


  • Finding Dory

Producer: Lindsey Collins


  • Kubo and the Two Strings

Producers: Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight


  • Moana

Producer: Osnat Shurer


  • The Secret Life of Pets

Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy


  • Zootopia

Producer: Clark Spencer


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

* The PGA previously announced the nominations in this category on November 22, 2016.  The list below has been updated to include eligible producers.


  • Dancer

Producer: Gabrielle Tana


  • The Eagle Huntress

Producers: Stacey Reiss, Otto Bell


  • Life, Animated

Producers: Julie Goldman, Roger Ross Williams


  • O.J.: Made in America

Producers:  Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow


  • Tower

Producers:  Keith Maitland, Susan Thomson, Megan Gilbride

Tell us: What do you think of the PGA Awards nominations? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Ryan

    After being shut out here, at the Globes, at SAG, and at BAFTA, I just don’t see much reason to think that Silence will still make it into Best Picture. It would be interesting if Silence makes it into DGA and Scorsese ends up being a lone director nominee. But for now, I’m thinking that this is the Best Picture lineup if you drop Deadpool and Hidden Figures.

    • Adam Lawrence

      that’s how it happened w/Last Temptation of Christ even without the DGA nom, it still seems like a possibility.

      • Jonathan

        The Academy could just completely ignore that it hasn’t shown up anywhere, probably not but who knows.

        • Adam Lawrence

          that was Tree of Life so who knows

          • doughyjunn

            I know the critics don’t choose the Oscars like the Academy or the members of the various guilds, but The Tree of Life was at least winning some notable critic awards back in 2011. It received a few BFCA nominations, won for Best Director at the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and was taking cinematography all over the place. The Last Temptation of Christ even got two Globe nods.

            As far as I know, the only award Silence has won so far was Adapted Screenplay at the National Board of Review and it was the runner-up for Supporting Actor for Issey Ogata at LAFCA and third place for cinematography at NSFC. I love Scorsese and can’t wait to see the film, but at this point I’d be shocked if it got in anywhere except cinematography.

            • Adam Lawrence

              True, it had more critical momentum (plus an earlier date and a palme d’or). I’m just saying I won’t be surprised if it sneaks into a few races – because of it’s late release date, voters could miss it or hate it, or they could see it and love it and plug it into their ballots without anyone being able to predict it. Obviously that’s unlikely at this point, but the Academy always throws us a good curveball or two. I personally found it to be an incredible experience, so if it gets snubbed across the board I think history will recall it as one of the Academy’s bigger missteps – the likes of which they’ve frequently made with Scorsese (taxi driver, raging bull, goodfellas)

  • A bit off topic: as someone who keeps track of all the precursors, I appreciate that you listed the documentary nominees in the same article. Other years it’s been a hassle to have to search for different press releases.

  • Zach Dizdar

    Deadpool just keeps on chuggin’

  • Trev

    Okay, the Golden Globe nominations for Deadpool was cute, but now a WGA and PGA nomination? This is just ridiculous. Granted, it’s nice to see the guilds nominate a big blockbuster, but Deadpool is far from the best blockbuster of the year. It’s not even the best superhero movie of the year!

    • michaeldal65

      Personally I don’t think there was a great superhero movie last year…

      • Jonathan

        I’d say “Civil War” and “Doctor Strange” were both very well made.

    • AndreTheTurtle

      You have the right to your opinion, but I would probably argue it is the best of any superhero film that has come out this year. Keep in mind that I didn’t hate any one superhero film this year, but Deadpool was really the only one I absolutely loved. That being said, the nominations it is getting might not be for quality sake so much as it is for the historical context of the film, because of any film that has come out in 2016, in years to come we will look back on Deadpool as probably the most historically significant film of the year, for what it will do to blockbuster film, as well as what it will do to the future of the superhero genre. However, that is probably just me hoping for the future, who knows what really is going to happen?

  • Phill Milner

    I’m surprised Aaron Taylor Johnson didn’t get nominated for BP here.

  • Lakeshow

    wtf??? Is deadpool a legit contender for a best picture nom now? Can’t believe this..

  • Calvin Damon

    Things are starting to look grim for Silence at this point. It still has a chance with the Director’s, Cinematographer’s, and the Makeup & Hairstylist’s guilds, but I’m not betting on it at this point. Maybe this really was meant to follow the trends of Last Temptation and Kundun after all, or god forbid Shutter Island

  • Nathan Kovar

    Does Deadpool qualify as this year’s Bridesmaids? PGA, WGA, and other guild nominations for both, but no BP love for Bridesmaids and I’m expecting Deadpool to follow suit.