We really thought that Spotlight had it in the bag come Oscars night. But after The Revenant stole the Golden Globes things started to change. Last night the awards race got even more complicated when the Producers Guild of America decided to award The Big Short with their highest honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award. That really really shakes things up.
Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner, two of The Big Short's producers, went up to claim the award. Noticeably absent was Brad Pitt, the third producer for the film that takes a hard look at the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The film is directed by Adam McKay and stars Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, and Pitt. The comedy-drama is not only up for Best Picture, but Bale is up for an acting prize, McKay is nominated for director, it's up for editing, and the script by McKay and Charles Randolph also received a nod.
Last year Birdman took the Darryl F. Zanuck Award and ended up winning Best Picture at the Oscars. And that wasn't the first time the PGA's predicted Oscar winners. According to Variety, 19 of 26 last Oscar winners also were PGA winners. The last time there was a divergence was when The Departed took the Best Picture Oscar and Little Miss Sunshine won the PGA award.
In addition to The Big Short, Inside Out won for animated film and Amy won for documentary film. Both are definitely front runners for Oscars. Outside of film, the PGA's also announced their TV winners. Considering how competitive this year in TV was, we're glad that they chose Transparent for comedy, Game of Thrones for drama (ok, we aren't really glad about this one), and Fargo for miniseries.
We'll see how it all turns out on Feb. 28, the night of the Oscars.