PS: Oscars Face-Off: Producers - Spielberg vs. Kennedy

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In 2016, with the Oscar nominee announcements for the 88th Academy Awards, Steven Spielberg received his record breaking 9th Best Picture nomination. The Bridge of Spies nomination helped Spielberg edged Kathleen Kennedy for the most all time Oscar nominations by a producer. Interestingly, the competing producers but former collaborators share five Best Picture Oscar nominations together.

Which leading Oscar nominated producer do you think makes the best movies: Steven Spielberg or Kathleen Kennedy?

See the list of  leading Oscar nominated producers and their movies here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls033681990/
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 Spielberg 
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Oh man, Spielberg will win this by a landslide. Early prediction.
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You might be right, Spielberg (114) has about thirty more productions on his resume and a more saleable and recognizable name in the business. Kennedy's  (85) resume is impressive too and is one of the most well known producers in Hollywood and is the lead producer on all the Star Wars final trilogy and stand-alone movies. Muddling the issue is that were long time collaborators, so their resumes are as much the same as different. It should be closer than it probably will be.

Steven Spielberg - Movie Producer Resume
Best Picture Oscar Nominations (9)
2016 Bridge of Spies,
2013 Lincoln,
2012 War Horse,
2007 Letters from Iwo Jima,
2006 Munich,
1999 Saving Private Ryan,
1994 Schindler's List,
(Won)
1986 Color Purple and
1983 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


Kathleen Kennedy - Movie Producer Resume
Best Picture Oscar Nominations (8)
2013 Lincoln,
2012 War Horse,
2009 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,
2006 Munich,
2004 Seabiscuit,
2000 The Sixth Sense,
1986 The Color Purple and
1983 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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Unfortunately, people tend not to like to read and also tend to vote on name-recognition alone., so Spielberg would probably win by a landslide. Otherwise, it would probably be very close. 
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I agree with you on how people tend to vote. On past credentials alone, I think Spielberg wins. But I thought her succeeding George Lucas as the head of LucasFilm for Disney might sway some votes. As she  will be the executive producer of the highest grossing film each year for the foreseeable future with a Star Wars installment coming out every year. Her box office hits' like the last three Star Wars movies might close the gap in a close race.
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Text corrections needed:

When the Oscar nominees were announced for the 2016 Academy Awards, Steven Spielberg received his record-breaking ninth Best Picture nomination.The nomination for Bridge of Spies helped Spielberg jump ahead of Kathleen Kennedy for the most all-time Oscar nominations by a producer. They have also worked together so five of their Best Picture nominations are shared.
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OSCARS 2018 BUMP
Steven Spielberg -
picked up his record 10th Best Picture Oscar nomination

in 2018 he now has ten Best Picture Oscar Nominations (10)

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Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger
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NO GOLDEN GLOBE MOTION PICTURE NOMINATIONS POSSIBLE OSCARS 2019?
Steven Spielberg (2019 movies)
2018 First Man (executive producer)
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (executive producer)
2018 Ready Player One (producer)

Kathleen Kennedy (2019 movies)
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story (producer - produced by, p.g.a.)
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Well, Spielberg also directed:
Poltergeist
The Goonies
Back to the Future
Young Sherlock Homes
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
I would also base my vote on these movies... not just the Oscar-nominated stuff...

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But, the implied question is about their ability to produce rather than directing skills?
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I meant "produced"... Spielberg didn't direct them, but you see it's an interesting slip of tongue because as a kid, I thought he was directing these films, since his name was the first to pop out lol. No I really meant producer.
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Regardless, I could see how it could be misinterpreted. Maybe, I should change it to be more specific? Plus, the question is an Oscar Face-Off, so it should relate back to an Oscar tie-in. The two jobs although related are different skill sets to some degree.

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Which of these leading Oscar nominated producer do you think makes the best movies: Steven Spielberg or Kathleen Kennedy?

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Which of these leading Oscar nominated producer marshals the right mix of talent and resources to make the best movies: Steven Spielberg or Kathleen Kennedy?
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The problem is "should we base our choice on the movies they produced or the producing jobs they were Oscar-nominated for?"
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I would base it on their entire producing repertoire, that is why I included the producing only hyperlinks to make an informed decision.The Oscar-nominated lists are posted for informational reasons and as career highlights for those who don't want to bother considering their entire producing filmography. Ultimately, it is up to the poll taker what they base their choice on.

Steven Spielberg's Movie Producer Resume

Kathleen Kennedy's Movie Producer Resume
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Well then SS beats KK for me :)
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Oscars 2019 update Current Score
Steven Spielberg 4 Oscars Kathleen Kennedy 1 Oscar

2019 Winner Kathleen Kennedy's Movie Producer Resume
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

1987 Winner Steven Spielberg's Movie Producer Resume
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

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