The Producers Guild of America announced the first part of their upcoming 2019 nominations. The organization represents the producer’s view of the best films of the year, and this year, documentaries were booming. Not only are there dozens of well-made documentaries this year, but many made a considerable amount of money at the box office. Three of the big four documentaries for most of the early precursor season all received nominations. The 2019 PGA Documentary nominees feature can be found below.
2019 PGA Documentary Nominees
- “The Dawn Wall”
- “Free Solo”
- “Into the Okavango”
- “Three Identical Strangers”
- “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
The group is led by “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” which already won the Best Documentary prize with the critics choice awards. Another film that continues to make way into the race is “Free Solo,” which recovered nicely after missing out on The Independent Spirit Awards last week. The same goes for “RBG” and “Three Identical Strangers,” both of which drove up high box office numbers. The surprise miss is “Minding the Gap,” which has earned prizes at almost every precursor to this point. However, the film went straight to Hulu, and with no Netflix nominees in this group, you have to wonder if that played a factor.
At the same time, three of the films are relative unknowns in the race up to this point. “The Dawn Wall,” tells the story of two climbers going up a different side of El Capitan. One of the climbers, Tommy Caldwell, features heavily in “Free Solo” as well. The two make an excellent double feature, and it seems to have struck a chord with the PGA. Meanwhile, National Geographic grabbed the second nomination with “Into the Okavango.” The film follows a group of three individuals as they embark on a four-month journey into the Okavango Delta. Last but not least, “Hal” explores the career of Hal Ashby, the brilliant director behind “Harold and Maude,” “Shampoo” and many more Oscar favorites. The group of films continues to highlight the strength of documentaries in 2018 and helps pave the way for the documentary branch of the Academy to include the features on their shortlist.