Producers Guild unveils nominees for Best Picture: ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Gravity’ and …

The Producers Guild of America unveiled its 10 nominees for Best Picture on Thursday: 12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” as well as “American Hustle“, “Captain Phillips,”  “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Blue Jasmine” and “Her.” 

Among those films snubbed by the PGA were critical darling and Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominee “Inside Llewyn Davis,” (#7 on our chart) and popular fare “The Butler” (#10) which had reaped a SAG ensemble bid.

The guild and Oscars have agreed on 17 of the most recent 24 Best Picture champs, including the last six 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. 

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The PGA also revealed the five nominees for Best Animated Feature: “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Epic,” “Frozen,” and “Monsters University.” All but “Epic” make our list of potential Oscar nominees. However, “The Wind Rises” — which we have in second behind “Frozen” for the Oscar — was snubbed by the PGA. 

Last year, the PGA previewed four of the five Oscar nominees, citing eventual Oscar winner “Brave,” as well as “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Frankenweenie” and “ParaNorman.” It filled the race with “Rise of the Guardians” while the academy went with “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.”

While most of the TV nominees were announced on Dec. 3, the PGA unveiled the contenders for TV Movie/Miniseries on Thursday: “American Horror Story: Asylum,” “Behind the Candelabra,” “Killing Kennedy,” “Phil Spector” and “Top of the Lake.” 

Winners will be revealed during a Jan. 19 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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