‘The Big Short’ Takes Producers’ Prize. Will It Win the Oscar?


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Christian Bale in “The Big Short.”

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Over the weekend, just when a grueling, bloated yet surprising race seemed to have boiled down to two front-runners, a surprise third candidate popped up, upending things all over again.

Are we talking about Michael R. Bloomberg’s possible entrance into the presidential race? We are not! We’re talking about the “The Big Short” walking away on Saturday with the top prize at the Producers Guild of America awards, another win for Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, which was also behind “12 Years a Slave.”

In the Oscar race, the guild awards carry weight because they represent industry sentiments, while other ceremonies, the Golden Globes included, reflect the tastes of critics and journalists. In this topsy-turvy season “The Revenant” and “Spotlight” have been thought to be in somewhat of a dead heat: “The Big Short’s” win changes all that: 19 of the last 26 Producers Guild of America winners went on to win the Oscar for best picture. More will be revealed with the Screen Actors Guild Awards next weekend, and the Directors Guild of America ceremony the weekend after that.

In the meantime, the Bagger would like to note that in her first column of the season, she pleaded the case for both “Straight Outta Compton” as well as “The Big Short,” two films as deeply relevant as they are entertaining.

At the time (early December), it seemed the films’ directors, F. Gary Gray and Adam McKay, faced steep hurdles, awards-wise, for not devoting their careers to Oscar-ish fare.

As we now know, it all turned out well and good, at least for Mr. McKay, whose film drew five Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director. (“Compton” landed one, for best screenplay.) So there you are. Turns out a white guy with impeccable connections (and, credit where it’s due, a helluva movie) can win hearts at the academy after all.



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