A new development has emerged in the Warner Bros.-led campaign to score a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars for the summer blockbuster Wonder Woman, which has emerged as an unexpected contender in the 2018 race to the Oscars.
Recently, the Producers Guild of America announced the nominees for it’s 29th annual Producer’s Guild Award, and Wonder Woman is one among 11 other live action films that are in the running for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. The other 10 nominees for the award are The Big Sick, Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, I, Tonya, Lady Bird, Molly’s Game, The Post, The Shape Of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
For Warner Bros., this is a huge deal as the race to the Oscars has officially kicked off. Now obviously the Producers Guild of America does not carry the same amount of prestige or glamour like the Oscars or the Golden Globes do but it often does serve as a way to indicate what films may possibly become nominees for the Best Picture Award at the Academy Awards, as there is a notable overlap between the time that both organizations announce their nominees.
Wonder Woman did not achieve any Golden Globe nominations but that has obviously not stopped the film from receiving numerous other accolades such as this one since rumors indicated that the studio was beginning to plan a formidable award campaign for the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero epic in July. We are about to see if Warner Bros. campaign will have worked in their favor when the Academy announces their nominations later this month.
Even if Wonder Woman does not achieve a nomination or the award for Best Picture, it is remarkable to see a comic book movie come this far. They often do achieve a lot of popularity and break records at the box office but often get snubbed and overlooked during the awards race every year. Having said that though it’s not an entirely unheard of phenomenon in light of Deadpool shooting it’s way into the PGA nomination field, which was a surprise to avid awards viewers. In that same sense though a PGA nomination does not guarantee or translate into an Oscar nomination as Deadpool did not receive a nomination for an Oscar. The same instance happened in 2008 with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight which unfortunately didn’t make the cut either despite clenching a PGA nomination.
Either way, I would not count out Wonder Woman just yet. If there’s anything we learned about the film last year is that it triumphed against unexpected odds as a film within the polarizing DC Extended Universe and smashed critical and box office records and came out as one of the highest grossing superhero origin films in cinematic history.
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