PGA Awards

The 10 nominees for Best Picture include eight of the Oscar contenders, including frontrunner "Lincoln" as well as "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Les Miserables," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Life of Pi," "Django Unchained" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild." 

Rounding out the roster for the 24th annual edition of these awards are "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Skyfall" (#13) while the Oscars Best Picture list of nine nominees includes "Amour."

The guild and Oscars have agreed on 15 of the most recent 22 Best Picture champs, including the last five in a row. Key to the import of this precursor prize is that it picks a winner using the same kind of counting as the Oscars -- the preferential ballot. 

Just as the guild follows the motion picture academy's eligibility period by considering films released during the 2011 calendar year, so too it heeds to the TV academy's schedule and nominates programs airing between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011.

Two-time Emmy winner "Modern Family" defends its PGA title against two-time Golden Globe winner "Glee," three-time PGA winner "30 Rock" and category newcomers "The Big Bang Theory" and "Parks and Recreation." All five of these shows were in the running at this year's Emmys. 

Five of the six Emmy nominees for top drama series are also in contention for the PGA prize: reigning three-time champ "Mad Men" hopes to four-peat as it did at the Emmys against returning nominee "Dexter" and first-time contenders "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones" and "The Good Wife." 

Among non-fiction programming, "The Deadliest Catch" defends its title against returning nominees "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and "Undercover Boss" and newcomers "30 for 30" and "American Masters." 

The catch-all category has been divided into separate competition and live entertainment/talk races. Last year's winner "The Colbert Report" is up against returning nominee "Real Time with Bill Maher,"  reigning Daytime Emmy champ "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Saturday Night Live" and the Emmy-winning 2010 Tonys kudocast. 

Eight-time Emmy winner "The Amazing Race" contends against 2010 Emmy winner "Top Chef," "American Idol," "Dancing With the Stars" and "Project Runway." 

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Silver Linings Playbook

Based on the novel by Matthew Quick, "Silver Linings" is about a former teacher (Bradley Cooper) who moves in with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife after a stint in a mental institution. Directed by David O. Russell ("Three Kings," "The Fighter").


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