Grad Film at the PGAs: Shaka King Makes History

Tuesday, Mar 9, 2021

Shaka King (Left) and Daniel Kaluuya Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros

Shaka King (Left) and Daniel Kaluuya Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros

Two Grad Film Alumni-helmed projects have made the final 10 cut for The Producers Guild of America's marquee category: the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah is nominated for the award, becoming the first film with an all-Black producing team to be nominated by the PGA. Judas and the Black Messiah has been a critical and audience favorite ever since its release in February, most recently being named Best Film By African American Film Critics Association.

Also nominated are fellow alumni Mollye Asher and Chloe Zhao in recognition for their contribution to Zhao's Nomadland. Thus far, the quiet yet powerful drama has received well over 100 critical awards, including Best Director and Best Drama Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.

The nominees for the prestigious Darryl F. Zanuck Award have a history of receiving Best Picture Oscar nominations shortly after, and four out of the category’s five most recent winners have taken home the Best Picture Oscar.

The awards will take place on March 24, 2021.

Read more at Variety.