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'Bridesmaids,' 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Ides Of March' Surprise With PGA Nominations

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 3, 2012 at 12:42PM

Let's get the other stuff out of the way first. Yes, the Best Picture frontrunners you've expected all during the awards season -- "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Midnight In Paris" -- have all earned PGA Award nominations for the top movie prize, the Darry F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award. But as always, it's the surprises that are the most fun, and this year, the PGA has a quite a few up their sleeve.
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'Bridesmaids,' 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Ides Of March' Surprise With PGA Nominations

Let's get the other stuff out of the way first. Yes, the Best Picture frontrunners you've expected all during the awards season -- "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Midnight In Paris" -- have all earned PGA Award nominations for the top movie prize, the Darry F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award. But as always, it's the surprises that are the most fun, and this year, the PGA has a quite a few up their sleeve.

Let's start with "The Ides Of March." Initially touted as a possible awards contender, that picture has pretty much been completely ignored by critics since it unspooled in Venice, overshadowed by Clooney's other movie, "The Descendants." But this nomination, along with a nod from the Golden Globes, seems to indicate it has played very well among industry types, and suggets it could be a total dark horse come February. Also surprising is "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," which has received nowhere near the same amount of critical and guild love that "The Social Network" did, but its inclusion here affirms David Fincher as a major awards season player. Meanwhile, pundits figured that the heat behind "Bridesmaids" would only go as far as the populist-skewing Golden Globes, but its appearance among the PGA's nominations suggests that the Kodak Theater may get Apatow-ed next month.

In the documentary category, a very strong group of well reviewed films compete, though Cameron Crowe's "The Union" seems totally random, especially given that, once again, "The Interrupters" has been completely shut down. What is wrong with the documentary branches this year?

Finally, the long form TV category continues the praise of Todd Haynes' fantastic "Mildred Pierce," though it also gives recognition to the critically savaged "The Kennedys" for some reason. We kind of forgot about "Cinema Verite," and nice to see Curtis Hanson's overlooked "Too Big To Fail" get some love.

So why do we even care about the PGA Awards? Well, as far as augurs for the Best Picture go, it's one of the best. The last four winners at the PGAs also took home the Oscar. Just saying. That said, with the new Academy rules in place -- which no longer guarantee 10 nominees -- some of the outside movies listed here may not make it past the ballot stage. Nominees are listed below, and awards will be handed out on January 21st. [IndieWire]

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

THE ARTIST
Producer: Thomas Langmann

BRIDESMAIDS
Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend

THE DESCENDANTS
Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin

THE HELP
Producers: Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green

HUGO
Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese

THE IDES OF MARCH
Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

MONEYBALL
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

RANGO
Producers: John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski

The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television:

Cinema Verite” (HBO)
Producers: Zanne Devine, Karyn McCarthy

Downton Abbey” (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Producers: Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame

The Kennedys” (ReelzChannel)
Producers: Jon Cassar, Jonathan Koch, Stephen Kronish, Steve Michaels, Michael Prupas, Jamie Paul Rock, Joel Surnow

Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
Producers: Todd Haynes, Pamela Koffler, Ilene S. Landress, Christine Vachon

Too Big To Fail” (HBO)
Producers: Carol Fenelon, Jeffrey Levine, Paula Weinstein

*The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series.

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

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
Producers: Michael Rapaport, Edward Parks (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
Producer: Philip Gefter

PROJECT NIM
Producer: Simon Chinn

SENNA
Producer: James Gay-Rees

THE UNION
Producers: Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek

This article is related to: The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo, Ides Of March, Midnight In Paris, Moneyball, War Horse, Producers Guild of America


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