Shockers in Producers Guild Best Picture nominees

The Producers Guild of America unveiled its 10 nominees for Best Picture on Tuesday. Our predicted frontrunners for Best Picture at the Oscars — “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “The Help” and “War Horse“– all contend as do “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Moneyball.” Getting big boosts with their Oscar campaigns were “Bridesmaids,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Ides of March.”


Notable snubs: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “The Tree of Life,” which were also shut out of the Golden Globes. 

The PGA stuck with 10 nominees even though the motion picture academy has revised the selection process this year. There will be between five and 10 Best Picture contenders when Oscar nominations are announced on Jan 24.  

Last year, the PGA foresaw nine of the eventual 10 Best Picture Oscar nominees. The guild went for “The Town” while the academy opted for “Winter’s Bone” for the tenth slot. Both groups chose “The King’s Speech” as the Best Picture of the year. The guild and Oscars have agreed on 14 of the last 21 Best Picture champs.

Two years ago, the Oscars concurred with the PGA on eight of the 10 contenders. PGA nominated “Invictus” and “Star Trek” over Oscar choices “The Blind Side” and “A Serious Man.” Both groups picked as best pic “The Hurt Locker.”

The PGA also announced the five nominees for Best Animated Feature which include our three frontrunners — “Rango,” “The Adventures of Tintin” and “Puss in Boots” — as well as “Kung Fu  Panda 2” and the critically derided “Cars 2.” 

While most of the TV nominees were announced on Dec. 7, the PGA unveiled the contenders for TV Movie/Miniseries on Tuesday. They are Emmy champ “Downton Abbey” and four of its rivals from then — “Cinema Verite,” “The Kennedys,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Too Big to Fail.” 

All of this year’s winners will be revealed during a Jan. 21 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 

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