5:00am PT by Scott Feinberg
Stacey Abrams Receives PGA Mark, Is Oscar-Eligible for 'All In: The Fight for Democracy' (Exclusive)
The Oscar-shortlisted documentary feature All In: The Fight for Democracy, which spotlights voter suppression in America and Georgia activist Stacey Abrams' efforts to combat it, just received a timely boost from the Producers Guild of America, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Ahead of the start of Oscar nomination voting on Friday, the Producers Guild of America has determined that Abrams, who is also one of the credited producers of the film, merits "the PGA mark" for her contributions to the project (as do directors/producers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés and producer Dan Cogan).
In other words, if All In, which is being distributed by Amazon, is nominated for best documentary feature, Abrams will personally be considered an Oscar nominee, and if it is chosen as the winner, she will personally take home a statuette.
The Academy defers to the PGA when it comes to determining who is eligible for recognition for a documentary feature — its rules state that "Normally two or three persons may be named as nominees, one of whom must be the credited director who exercised directorial control, and the other(s) of whom must have a director or producer credit. If a producer is named, that individual must have performed a major portion of the producing functions, in accordance with Academy producer criteria … In determining the number of producers eligible for nomination, a bona fide team of not more than two people shall be considered to be a single 'producer' if the two individuals have had an established producing partnership as determined by the PGA's Producing Partnership Panel."
Garbus and Cogan, who are married, consistently work together and are officially a PGA-sanctioned Producing Partnership, meaning they count for just one producing slot, paving the way for a fourth individual who was given the PGA mark by the PGA's Producing Partnership Panel — Abrams — to be designated as nomination-eligible.
Could this designation for Abrams make a difference for the film in a tight contest among 15 docs vying for the votes of the Academy's documentary branch to make the final five? Quite possibly, as there are more than a few people in Hollywood who are extremely grateful to her for helping to prevent four more years of Donald Trump's presidency and two more years of a Mitch McConnell-controlled U.S. Senate.
Whatever happens with the Academy, Abrams has already been nominated for one major award this year in recognition of her work in Georgia and across America: the Nobel Peace Prize. (No word yet on how the PGA feels about that one!)