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Producer And Director Guilds Announce Award Nominees

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Hollywood is almost done with the town’s frivolous awards ceremonies -- events such as the Critics Choice Awards (which seems to be missing an apostrophe) -- and those other trophies dispensed by a bunch of random foreign journalists who happen to live in Los Angeles.

Now it’s time for the industry’s far more important guilds to reveal their favorites, which often predict what happens at the Academy Awards.

On Monday, the Producers Guild of America unveiled its best picture nominations, including Oscar favorites “Nomadland,” “Minari” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

The other seven shortlisted movies are “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Mank,” “Promising Young Woman,” “One Night in Miami,” “Sound of Metal,” and, in a bit of a surprise, “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

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The winner of the PGA trophy, to be presented March 24, often repeats at the Oscars, but last year the guild selected “1917” as best picture while the motion picture academy chose “Parasite.”

On the heels of the PGA picks, the Directors Guild of America then revealed its nominations for work behind the camera. The DGA shortlist includes Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”), Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), David Fincher (“Mank”), Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”) and Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”). The winner will be announced April 10.

Finally, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts -- the U.K.’s version of the Academy Awards -- announced its shortlist for best films on Tuesday: “The Father,” “The Mauritanian,” “Nomadland,” “Promising Young Woman” and “The Trial Of The Chicago 7.”

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