Last night the Producer’s Guild held their annual awards and Star Trek was one of ten films up for Best Feature. Avatar was expected by many to win, but but in the end both films lost out to The Hurt Locker. Could Trek be a spoiler, there is some buzz on that. Details below, plus photos of JJ Abrams from the event.
Trek and Avatar lose out to Hurt Locker
Following suit with the Academy Awards, the PGA expanded their list of Feature film nominees to ten films. "Hurt Locker" beat "An Education," "Avatar," "District 9, " "Inglourious Basterds," "Invictus," "Precious," "Star Trek," "Up" and "Up in the Air."
Avatar was the expected winner, here is how EW’s Dave Karger put it yesterday (before the PGA awards):
After finding itself completely left out of last night’s Screen Actors Guild Award ceremony, Avatar will need to reassert its awards-season dominance at tonight’s Producers Guild Awards. In the last 20 years, the PGA honoree went on to win Best Picture 13 times, a decent 65 percent success rate. Avatar doesn’t have a cakewalk to victory tonight—with District 9 and Star Trek both in the running as well, the sci-fi-spectacle vote could be split, leading to a win for The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, or Up in the Air. But the good news for Avatar is that this prize is (as the name suggests) voted on only by producers, so there are no pesky actors or writers in the voting body to grouse about the film’s relative weak points. If Avatar loses tonight, we have a real Best Picture race on our hands. But I’m not holding my breath.
After Hurt Locker walked away with the win, Awards Daily took a look at the state of the race post-PGA asking “How did that happen“, and had this to say:
Avatar had two big problems heading into the PGAs (and I say this as someone who was thoroughly convinced it would win last night): District 9 and Star Trek. That is, the Hurt Locker vote was solid. None of those votes would be stolen by Avatar. But Avatar’s votes could very well have been stolen by District 9 or Star Trek fans. If you go by the producers, you have JJ Abrams, who is successful enough to be a threat. And then there is Up in the Air’s Ivan Reitman. There will be others who vote for the Pixar movie. With ten movies, the vote is potentially split up all over the place. Somehow, The Hurt Locker prevailed.
Could it be that Star Trek (and District 9) are splitting the sci-fi friendly vote? The next big test will be the nominations for the Academy Awards, those will be announced next Tuesday.
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Although he likely didn’t expect to win, Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams did attend the PGA Awards. Abrams’ fellow producer Damon Lindelof was also nominated, but he was out of town and couldn’t make it to the event.
JJ Abrams with wife Katie McGrath arriving at PGA Awards
JJ Abrams inside at the PGA Awards
Guild Awards Scorecard 2 for 3
So far Star Trek has been nominated by most of the guilds. Star Trek has prevailed in 2 out of 3.
- CSA: Best Casting (Studio Feature Film) [WON]
- SAG: Best Stunt Ensemble [WON]
- PGA: Best Picture [Loss to Hurt Locker]
- DGA: no nomination
- ADG: Best Production Design (Fantasy)
- WGA: Best Adapted Screenplay
- ASC: no nomination
- ACE: Best Edited Film (Drama)
- VES: Best Visual Effects & Best Matte Painting
- CAS: Best Motion Picture Sound Mixing
- MPSE Best Sound Editing (3 categories: Music, Dialog, Sound Effects)
- CDG: (Costumes) Announced 1/26