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,
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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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How about Spielberg against somebody like Scorsese, Hitchcock or Coppola?
Kennedy does not stand a chance.
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I added Scott Rudin to the mix, as he better fits the poll suggestion's requirements.

Scott Rudin  Movie Producer Resume Best Picture Oscar Nominations (9)
2017's Lady Bird, 2016's Fences, 2014's The Grand Budapest Hotel , 2013's Captain Phillips , 2011's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, 2010's The Social Network, 2010's True Grit, 2007's No Country for Old Men and 2002's The Hours


However, I don't think you understand the premise of this poll suggestion based on the individuals you are suggesting. It is a face-off between top Oscar nominated producers. It not about their Oscar-caliber directing talents, it is about people with a proven record of producing Oscar-caliber movies and the question clearly limited it to leading Oscar-nominated producers. The poll suggestion is intended to highlight producers and the film production, a category that often is under-recognized by most movie fans.

Only Kennedy and Rudin have a reasonable chance of catching Spielberg in total number of Oscar nominations garnered for producing (Best Picture nominations). Oscar Steven Spielberg has ten producing nominations and one producing win. Scott Rudin has nine producing nominations and one producing win. At his current success rate, he is outpacing both Spielberg and Kennedy in Oscar producing nominations by a similar age. While, Kathleen Kennedy has eight producing nominations and zero producing wins. She also has a reasonable chance to add to her total as a working producer and president of Lucasfilm.

I don't know how Alfred Hitchcock could even be considered, he has zero producing nominations and zero producing wins. Plus, he has only a single film producing credit over his life. Also, none of his films he directed or was an unofficial producer on were even nominated for Best Picture. He wouldn't even be in the conversation

Martin Scorsese has only two producing nominations and zero producing wins. While he has about a dozen film producer credits (executive producer credits don't count, as they are not Oscar eligible) His count as a film producer pales next to Kennedy's and Rudin's, who have nearly a hundred credits as a movie producers.

Only Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola, who has five producing nominations and zero producing wins from your list could be a reasonable choice. Plus, he has a half century of experience as a producers. Still, he trails three other producers in securing Best Picture consideration for their movies: Eric Fellner (six Oscar nominations), Stanley Kramer (six Oscar nominations), and Dede Gardner (six Oscar nominations).

While, the individuals you suggest are talented and make great films. Only Coppola of your suggestions has a producing resume that comes close to the three top candidates. But, I don't see an 80 year old man doubling his Oscar Best Picture total, when he averaged one a decade over the first fifty years. At that rate, he would have to maintain his current success level and work till he was 130 years old.

I re-phrased the question to focus more on the race for the all-time Oscar record for production of Oscar-caliber films rather than an opinion about who makes the best movies. Poll takers then can focus more on each track record as a producer, as well as, their ability to have future success producing Best Picture nominees.

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Oscars Face-Off: Producers - Spielberg vs. Rudin vs. Kennedy
These Oscar-nominated leading producers know how to marshal the right mix of talent and resources to make the Oscar-caliber movies. The de facto Oscar category for recognizing producers is the Best Picture category.

In your opinion, which of these individuals will claim the all-time record for the most Oscar Best Picture nominations by a producer in the final tally: Steven Spielberg or Scott Rudin or Kathleen Kennedy?
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One of the reasons also that I thought Kennedy was a poor choice is that 2 of her credits overlap with S.S.
How can you ask such a question when 2 Movies have the same producer?
My suggestions were from the hip.
But I think that the inclusion of Kennedy is flawed because of those overlaps.
I thought you would pick up on that without me saying so.
Posing the question of who was the better producer on the same 2 titles makes "Zero" sense!
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It not usual for movies to have multiple producer credits, therefore having overlap is a possibility and a reasonable expectation. I don't think anyone in Hollywood thinks she is not a talented producer or simply riding on Spielberg coat-tails, as you seem to imply. Once again, the poll suggestion is about Oscar legacy for producers, So, if at the time this poll suggestion was made the top two leaders were long time collaborators, so be it. Plus, the shared history makes the premise more interesting. In a way, asking poll takers who was more responsible for their string of Best Picture nominations from a production standpoint. Not unlike, asking football fans who is more responsible for the New England Patriots' string of six Super Bowl championships from a leadership standpoint: Belichick or Brady.
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Your Superbowl analogy is flawed also. The answer is both. Jeez, don't you get it? To ask the question when both are credited on the same title make Zero Sense. The answer is the same. Both are equally responsible for those two titles success.
So again. Do you not see the flaw here?
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Kennedy and Spielberg have different producing resumes, so it is not unreasonable to ask if collectively who makes better movies, even if there is some overlap. Plus, it is nearly impossible that Kennedy and Spielberg are exactly equal in responsiblilty for any shared title's success, since their contributions are different. Similarly, even though they won the same six Super Bowls, Belichick's and Brady's leadership contributions were different. It is not unreasonable to think one's contribution could have carried more weight than the other or one could have more likely replicated the same success with another partner. Regardless, it is pointless to discuss any further since I changed the question.

In your opinion, which of these individuals will claim the all-time record for the most Oscar Best Picture nominations by a producer in the final tally: Steven Spielberg or Scott Rudin or Kathleen Kennedy?
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