Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Awards Watch: The Producers Guild of America Announce Nominees

 Bridesmaids has a shot at a Best Picture nomination. Who'd have thunk it?

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) have announced the nominees for their annual PGA Awards.

The Daryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Artist
Producer: Thomas Langmann

Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend

The Descendants
Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Producers: Cean Chaffin, Scott Rudin

The Help
Producers: Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green

Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese

The Ides of March
Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver

Midnight in Paris
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Producers: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt

War Horse
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Adventures of Tintin
Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

Cars 2
Producer: Denise Ream

Kung Fu Panda 2
Producer: Melissa Cobb

Puss in Boots
Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou

Producers: John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski

The Producers Guild of America Producers of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Producers: Michael Rapaport, Edward Parks

Bill Cunningham New York
Producer: Philip Gefter

Project Nim
Producer: Simon Chinn

Producer: James Gay-Rees

The Union
Producers: Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek

The winners will be announced on 21 January 2012.

The PGA Awards heavily influence the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, so can we assume that these ten selections are the frontrunners for Best Picture consideration? What are your thoughts on these nominees? The Tree of Life is certainly a notable exclusion. From memory, it's almost an identical list to the AFI Top 10.


  1. That is certainly a strange list of nominees as there's only 3 picks that I want to win in either Hugo, The Descendants, and Midnight in Paris though I'm not happy that The Tree of Life got snubbed though not entirely surprised. The Help I've kind of expected but Bridesmaids? At least Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close hasn't received any big nods.

  2. Heeeyyyy, Senna got a nom. That's nice. I'd swap Bridesmaids for Tree of Life - I just watched it last night. So beautiful.

  3. @ Steven - I am surprised to see DRAGON TATTOO there but I'll take it. Bridesmaids is a surprise, especially considering that The Tree of Life isn't there. War Horse too. I don't get the fuss over this film.

    @ Ruth - It's a wonderful film. Life-affirming and something we'll be talking about in a decade. Bridesmaids is not.

  4. Oh, and love the inclusion of Senna. It has picked up plenty of awards, despite the Oscar snub.