Producers Guild Awards Nominate Several Blockbusters and Omit Films by Women

‘Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Top Gun: Maverick” made the cut. “The Woman King” and “Women Talking” were snubbed.

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By Kyle Buchanan

After a hectic few days of guild nominations and awards shows, the Producers Guild of America announced the 10 nominees for its best feature film award on Thursday, and this list may be the most consequential yet when it comes to predicting the strongest Oscar contenders: Over the last four years, only three movies made it into the Oscars’ best-picture lineup without first being nominated for the PGAs.

Here is the producers’ list of feature-film nominees:

“Avatar: The Way of Water”

“The Banshees of Inisherin”

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”


“Everything Everywhere All at Once”

“The Fabelmans”

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”


“Top Gun: Maverick”

“The Whale”

The producers guild has historically been inclined toward blockbuster product, and this list includes several big-screen success stories, including three of the highest-grossing films of 2022 — “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” — and two other box-office hits, “Elvis” and “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

But the exclusion of epic-scaled projects like the glitzy “Babylon” and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s action drama “The Woman King,” may doom those films’ chances at making the Oscars’ best-picture lineup: When academy voters replace a PGA pick with one of their own choices, they typically substitute an indie or international film instead.

Another notable snub was the Sarah Polley-directed drama “Women Talking,” which debuted at the fall film festivals with plenty of buzz but has struggled since its theatrical bow during the crowded Christmas holiday. None of the films on the PGA list were directed by women, and if “Women Talking,” “The Woman King” and Charlotte Wells’s acclaimed “Aftersun” fail to make the Oscars best-picture list, it will be the first time the category has excluded female filmmakers in four years.

Only three films earned nominations from the producers, directors and actors guild this week: Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical “The Fabelmans,” the sci-fi hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” and the dark feuding-friends comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin.” That trio should be considered the strongest Oscar contenders as voting for the Academy Awards begins Thursday.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony on Feb. 25. Here is the rest of the Producers Guild list:


Animated Feature

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”

“Minions: The Rise of Gru”

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”

“Turning Red”


“All That Breathes”


“Fire of Love”


“Nothing Compares”


“The Territory”


Episodic Drama


“Better Call Saul”



“The White Lotus”

Episodic Comedy

“Abbott Elementary”


“The Bear”


“Only Murders in the Building”

Limited Anthology Series

“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”

“The Dropout”

“Inventing Anna”

“Obi-Wan Kenobi”

“Pam & Tommy”

Television Movie

“Fire Island”

“Hocus Pocus 2”



“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”

Nonfiction Television

“30 for 30”

“60 Minutes”

“George Carlin’s American Dream”

“Lucy and Desi”

“Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”

Live, Variety, Sketch, Standup and Talk Show

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

“Saturday Night Live”

Game and Competition Television

“The Amazing Race”

“Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”

Sports Program

“Formula 1: Drive to Survive”

“Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions”

“Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers”


“Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Come Off”

Children’s Program

“Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock”

“Green Eggs and Ham”

“Sesame Street”

“Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown”

“Waffles + Mochi’s Restaurant”

Short-Form Program

“Better Call Saul: Filmmaker Training”

“Love, Death + Robots”

“Only Murders in the Building: One Killer Question”

“Sesame Street’s #ComingTogether Word of the Day Series”

“Tales of the Jedi”

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