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‘Nomadland’ wins PGA for Best Picture – does that predict an Oscar victory? – Deadline

Wednesday evening, Nomadland won the award for Best Picture at the PGA Virtual Ceremony – a significant victory on more than one level, since in the 31 years since the start of the PGA Awards it has predicted the Oscar winner for Best film no less than 21 times. However, last year was an exception to this rule, as 1917 won at the PGA but lost to Parasite at the Oscars. So it will be very interesting to see if the PGA restores its Oscars prediction power this time around.

During the PGA Show, accepting the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Producer, one of NomadlandProducers of Peter Spears said via video: “In a year where we have lived such isolated lives, we were proud to make a film about community and what connects us… You honor everyone Nomadland company with this price….[including its] nomadic community who taught us the power of resilience, hope and kindness. So, thank you PGA, for this award. Thank you for your kindness. There is a line in the film: “What we remember lives”. And I speak for my fellow producers when I say we will always remember it.

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Along with Speers, the film was produced by Frances McDormand, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloe Zhao.

And in presenting the award, Nicole Kidman drew comparisons between this year’s category nominees and the themes of the award-winning namesake, Zanuck’s films. Pinky, gentleman’s agreement and Grapes of Wrath.

Nomadland, directed by Zhao, stars McDormand as Fern, a woman who finds herself destitute later in life, immerses herself in the nomadic lifestyle and ultimately finds community and a sense of family among her companions. of travel. The film highlights the gaping holes in the employment and elderly care structures of American society, as we see Fern working in the fields and working long hours in an Amazon warehouse.

Swankie, a member of the nomadic community at the heart of the film, also made an appearance on the PGA show. She said, “If you had asked me what the PGA was a year ago, I would have said it was a golf organization,” and added filming experience with Zhao and McDormand , “We have found common ground and mutual trust … [It was] such a special road trip. We shared laughter, we shared tears… and we shared the power of community, love and compassion.

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