Superstars Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman turn out in Los Angeles as awards season heats up

Superstars Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman turn out in Los Angeles as awards season heats up

Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron, gathered in Los Angeles on Saturday night (January 18) for a star-studded Producers Guild of America (PGA) awards as the film industry goes into overdrive ahead of next month’s Oscars ceremony.

British Director Sam Mendes’ World War One battlefield movie “1917” was crowned as the winner on Saturday of the top PGA prize in what is a good indicator that the movie might do the same at the Academy Awards on February 9.

In previous years, many winners of the PGAs have gone on to win the best picture Oscar, Hollywood’s top prize, such as last year’s “Green Book.”

However, it is dark comic-book story “Joker” that leads the Oscar nominations in a best picture lineup dominated by stories by or about men and featuring only one actor of color despite efforts over the past few years to diversify the field.

“Joker” will compete for the top prize with testosterone race car drama “Ford v Ferrari,” Netflix gangster movie “The Irishman,” Nazi-era satire “Jojo Rabbit,” divorce drama “Marriage Story,” World War One film “1917,” nostalgic show-business story “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and South Korean social satire “Parasite.”

Netflix got 24 nominations, including for biographical drama “The Two Popes” and documentary “American Factory,” one of the first collaborations with the production company of former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

Only Sony Pictures’ “Little Women,” an adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel by an all-female production team, broke the mold with its best picture nod.

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