Oscars 2015: PGA Awards
Well now isn’t this interesting.
The PGA announced their awards tonight, and those in the Oscar know keep a close eye on this since this basically tells you which way Best Picture is gonna go.
A lot of people assumed Spotlight was going to take it because it was the slow-chugging frontrunner up to this point. A bunch of people figured The Revenant was going to win because of the Globes win and all the nominations it got.
And then the PGA went with The Big Short. And now everyone’s starting to see the reality of it actually winning Best Picture set in.
The PGA nominated The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton. So that’s 7 of your 8 Best Picture nominees (sans Room).
And to go back through the years:
|2013||12 Years a Slave/Gravity||12 Years a Slave|
|2011||The Artist||The Artist|
|2010||The King’s Speech||The King’s Speech|
|2009||The Hurt Locker||The Hurt Locker|
|2008||Slumdog Millionaire||Slumdog Millionaire|
|2007||No Country for Old Men||No Country for Old Men|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine||The Departed|
|2004||The Aviator||Million Dollar Baby|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King|
|2001||Moulin Rouge||A Beautiful Mind|
|1999||American Beauty||American Beauty|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Shakespeare in Love|
|1996||The English Patient||The English Patient|
|1994||Forrest Gump||Forrest Gump|
|1993||Schindler’s List||Schindler’s List|
|1992||The Crying Game||Unforgiven|
|1991||The Silence of the Lambs||The Silence of the Lambs|
|1990||Dances with Wolves||Dances with Wolves|
|1989||Driving Miss Daisy||Driving Miss Daisy|
In 26 previous years where the PGA gave out awards, they’ve been different from the Oscars 7 times.
You’ll also notice that they have not missed in 8 years. If there’s a year to miss, this is the one. Because in all previous years, we were looking for confirmation that the film we all expected to win was going to win. This is a year where we actually were looking to the PGA for an answer as to what the frontrunner was going to be. And I think we have our answer. It’s got Director, Screenplay and Editing nominations. It’s got a crazy amount of support, getting nominations all over the place and popping up everywhere. At this point, it becomes about what can possibly beat it.
The DGA is going to make things interesting in about ten days. Because I don’t see how McKay wins Director too. So does that mean they give it to Inarritu, two in a row? Or do they go Miller? Or does McCarthy win, and really throw us all for a loop? Maybe McKay does win, and this shit is just in the bag, and the only surprises left on the night are whether The Revenant or Mad Max is gonna win in those tech categories.
Oh, also Inside Out won for Animated Feature and Amy won for Documentary. Does anyone not think either of those are going to win their respective categories?
The other interesting thing to note is that Lady Gaga performed her song at the ceremony, which leads me to believe Academy Award winner Lady Gaga is something that’s coming in the very near future. (Because what’s going to beat her? The Spectre song? Also, that first sentence of the parenthetical may have been a very poor choice of words.)