George Miller's journey through Hollywood awards season continues to be pleasanter than the hazardous path his characters in Mad Max: Fury Road endured.
Miller all but confirmed a best picture Oscar nomination on Tuesday when the Producers Guild of America honoured his post-apocalyptic film.
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Mad Max: Fury Road was named one of the PGA's 10 nominees for best picture.
The PGA nomination is the latest award season nod for Miller, a former Sydney emergency room doctor who won an Academy Award for best animated feature Happy Feet in 2007 and has been nominated for three others: Babe (best picture and adapted screenplay); and Lorenzo's Oil (original screenplay).
The news was not so good for the box office blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which missed out, as did Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, successful Rocky spinoff Creed and acclaimed indie films Carol (starring Cate Blanchett) and Room.
The PGAs are historically one of the biggest indicators of the nominees and winners of the best picture Oscar. The PGA winner has gone on to win the Academy Award the past eight years.
Every best picture Oscar winner has first been PGA-nominated since the Producers Guild began giving out awards in 1990.
Which means, obviously, that this year's Oscar best picture will likely come from the group of 10 movies the PGA has nominated: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton.
The PGA winners will be announced on January 23. Oscar nominations are announced next week and its winners are revealed on February 28.
Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road, Blanchett, Joel Egerton and Judy Davis were also nominated on Tuesday for Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) international awards.
The awards, a US off-shoot of the domestic AACTA ceremony held in Sydney last month, have squeezed their way into Hollywood's busy awards season with winners announced in Los Angeles on January 29.
Mad Max: Fury Road's march toward a haul of Oscars among its key crew members also became louder with Mad Max production designer Colin Gibson nominated on Tuesday by the Art Directors Guild and editor Margaret Sixel scoring an American Cinema Editors nod on Monday.
AAP, with Los Angeles Times