‘Nomadland’ Took A Major Step Towards Winning Best Picture At The Oscars

Nomadland took home the top honor at the 32nd Producers Guild of America Awards on Wednesday. The Chloé Zhao-directed film won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures over Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, and The Trial of the Chicago 7, among other fellow Best Picture nominees.

“In a year when we have been living such isolated lives, we were proud to make a movie about community and what connects us,” producer Peter Spears said during his acceptance speech. “You honor the entire Nomadland company with this award.”

As noted by Variety, the PGA Awards is “one of the key indicators for the Academy Awards, particularly the best picture category.” Over the past decade, the same movie has won both the Darryl F. Zanuck Award and Best Picture seven times:

PGA: The King’s Speech
Oscar: The King’s Speech

PGA: The Artist
Oscar: The Artist

PGA: Argo
Oscar: Argo

PGA: 12 Years a Slave and Gravity
Oscar: 12 Years a Slave

PGA: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Oscar: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

PGA: The Big Short
Oscar: Spotlight

PGA: La La Land
Oscar: Moonlight

PGA: The Shape of Water
Oscar: The Shape of Water

PGA: Green Book
Oscar: Green Book

PGA: 1917
Oscar: Parasite

Considering Nomadland also won Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes, it’s the clear Best Picture frontrunner. The 93rd Academy Awards takes place one month from today, on April 25.

(Via Variety)