The Producers Guild of America expanded the Best Picture field to 10 when the motion picture academy did so two years ago. On Monday, the PGA confirmed it is staying with this number despite the Oscars shifting to a vote that will result in anywhere between five and 10 nominees.
In both years of the expanded race, the PGA winner went on to prevail at the Academy Awards. Indeed, those PGA victories by “The Hurt Locker” (2010) and “The King’s Speech” redefined races that were being led at that stage by “Avatar” and “The Social Network.”
The PGA also announced it has expanded to 11 TV awards, with the addition of categories for children’s, news and sports programming and the division of the reality race into three separate categories — competition, non-fiction, live entertainment/talk. There will also be a new prize for best web series.
The PGA confirmed the following calendar:
August 26, 2011: Filing Deadline – Producing credits form for TV series and specials (excluding long-form television)
October 10: Polls Open – TV series and special nominations
October 21: Filing Deadline – Producing credits form for movies
November 7: Polls Close – TV series and specials nominations
November 28: Filing Deadline – Producing credits form for long-form television
December 5: Polls Open – Movies and long-form television nominations
January 2: Polls Close – Movies and long-form television nominations
January 3: Polls Open – In all races as Producers Guild Awards nominees announced
January 20: Polls Close – in all races
January 21: 2011 Producers Guild Awards