PGA Vetting Process Leaves Some Producers Out In The Cold

By Anita Busch, Patrick Hipes

The PGA’s vetting process for producers usually raises eyebrows for omissions because those submissions usually go onto Oscar hopefuls. Among the notable producers left off this year’s nominations list include Arnon Milchan on The Big Short, Paul Feig of The Peanuts Movie, a nominee in the Animation category.

In the Zanuck category, for example, The Big Short‘s named producers are Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt. Milchan, who was credited in the movie, did not make the PGA cut. However, Milchan was listed by the PGA as one of five producers on The Revenant, which Regency also helped to finance.

Two producers were missing from Sicario’s film credits and one each for Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian. (See our full list below.)

Ex Machina has two producers — Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich — but the PGA says it’s still vetting. That could mean the sci-fi pic was a surprise vote-getter, or as one source noted that paperwork may have not been filled out properly.

Why are these credits important? Because the PGA Awards are a major indicator of what might be nominated for the Best Picture category in the Oscars. A win from the PGA is seen as a possible precursor to a Best Picture win in the Oscar ceremony, and of course that statuette is accepted by the winning film’s credited producers.

The PGA will announce their winners January 23. Voting closes for the Oscars on February 2, with those envelopes opened February 28.

Here are the list of producers who on the films who made the PGA cut:

The Big Short
Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt
PGA List: Gardner, Kleiner, Pitt
Bridge Of Spies
Producers: Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger
PGA List: Same
Producers: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
PGA List: Same
Ex Machina
Producers: Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
PGA List: Being vetted
Mad Max: Fury Road
Producers: George Miller, Doug Mitchell, PJ Voeten
PGA List: Miller, Mitchell
The Martian
Producers: Mark Huffan, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood, Michael Schaefer
PGA List: Kinberg, Scott, Shaefer, Huffan
The Revenant
Producers: Mary Parent, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Arnon Milchan, Keith Redmon, James Skotchdopole
PGA List: Parent, Golin, Inarritu, Milchan, Redmon
Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill
PGA List: Iwanyk, McDonnell, Smith
Producers: Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar, Blye Pagon Faust
PGA List: Same
Straight Outta Compton
Producers: Matt Alvarez, Scott Bernstein, F. Gary Grey, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright
PGA List: Ice Cube, Alvarez, Gray, Dr. Dre, Bernstein

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