The Oscars won’t be awarded until the end of March, but clear favorites are already emerging. Hollywood directors’ and producers’ associations have named their candidate films.

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Steven Spielberg’s musical ‘West Side Story’, sci-fi epic ‘Dune’ and Kenneth Branagh’s Northern Irish drama ‘Belfast’ have further improved their chances at this year’s Oscars.

The US Producers Association nominated a total of ten feature films for the top Producers Guild of America (PGA) award on Thursday. It is considered a barometer for the Oscars, which will be awarded at the end of March this year.

8000 film producers vote

Also in the running: “Don’t Look Up”, “The Power of the Dog”, “Tick, Tick… Boom!”, “King Richard”, “Being the Ricardos”, “CODA” and “Licorice Pizza” . More than 8,000 film producers vote for the awards. The Hollywood Producers Awards will be presented for the 33rd time on March 19.

The Directors Guild of America also announced the nominees for its DGA Awards on Thursday. With New Zealander Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”) and Hollywood legend Spielberg (“West Side Story”), Canadian Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”), Briton Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) and California director compete with Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”). The DGA trophies will be presented for the 74th time on March 12 in Beverly Hills.

Often, the winners of guild awards also take home Oscars in the corresponding categories. Last year, Chinese director Chloé Zhao won the DGA award and then the director’s Oscar with “Nomadland”. Your Road Movie was also a PGA winner and went on to win the most important Oscar category “Best Picture”.

On February 8, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the nominations for the 94th Academy Awards. The Oscars ceremony is then due to take place on March 27 in Hollywood. (dpa)