In any crowded awards field, getting seen is the first order of business. Unlike last year, when several box office hits lead the Producers Guild of America
’s nominated documentary features, only one breakout landed a nomination: “Apollo 11
,”. The Guild’s awards are often a bellwether for the Academy Awards, but last year saw a bit of a wrinkle to that tradition: PGA
nominee “Free Solo
” utlimately took home the Oscar, while the PGA winner, Morgan Neville
’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
,” did not even land an Oscar nomination.
The other nominees get a much-needed boost in awareness as documentary Oscar branch voters plow through a tall list of screeners. Among the many docs in circulation this season, the PGA went with another pick from Neon’s growing documentary slate, nominating beekeeper profile “Honeyland
,” which is also the Macedonia submission for the International Film Feature Oscar. That film joins two hard-hitting Syrian movies,