LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Eight films scored nominations today for the Producers Guild of America Award for documentary motion pictures.
The 33rd annual PGA Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 26.
Nominated for the guild’s award for documentary features were:
— “Ascension,” a portrayal of the pursuit of wealth in China and the “Chinese Dream”;
— “The First Wave,” focused on New York health care workers’ experiences responding to the COVID-19 pandemic;
— “Flee,” a Danish animated documentary about a man sharing his past experiences fleeing Afghanistan as a refugee;
— “In the Same Breath,” exploring the responses of the Chinese and American governments to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic;
— “The Rescue,” chronicling the 2018 rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand;
— “Simple as Water,” recounting the stories of Syrian families displaced from their home by war;
— “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised),” Questlove’s film about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival; and
— “Writing with Fire,” the story of India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women.
PGA Award nominations for sports, children’s and short-form television programs will be announced Jan. 13. The nominations in film and TV categories will be announced Jan. 27.
The PGA Award is traditionally a strong predictor of which film will win the best picture Oscar. Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expanded from five to 10 nominees in 2010, only three films have won the best picture Oscar without first winning the PGA Award.
“Nomadland” won both awards earlier this year.
According to the PGA, since the guild’s inception, the PGA has predicted 22 of the 32 winners of the best picture Oscar.