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Producers Guild Award Nominations 2012 Include Indies 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Moonrise Kingdom,' and 'Django Unchained'

by Anne Thompson
January 2, 2013 6:29 PM
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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has selected its motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The 2013 Chair is Michael De Luca. All 2013 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 26th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.The nominees are often closely watched as harbingers of strength and weakness for the Oscars.

The PGA top ten features suggest that indies "Moonrise Kingdom," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Django Unchained" are in the running, along with studio film "Skyfall," which is a big surprise. The PGA continues with a top ten list, while the Academy is now asking for five picks from Academy members that will factor in best picture nominations that could be as few as five or as many as ten. Films that are looking stronger for Oscar acting nods than best picture contention include "The Sessions," "The Master," "Flight" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." The slightly snobbier Academy could prove more enamored of "Amour" than the PGA. Brit contender "Anna Karenina" may have to settle for tech mentions.

The theatrical motion picture nominees are for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Jessica Chastain in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

“Argo” (Warner Bros.)
Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn

“Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher

"Les Misérables” (Universal Pictures)
Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh

"Life of Pi” (Fox 2000 Pictures)
Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark

“Lincoln” (Touchstone Pictures)
Producers:  Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

“Moonrise Kingdom” (Focus Features)
Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales

“Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

“Skyfall” (Columbia Pictures)
Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson

“Zero Dark Thirty” (Columbia Pictures)
Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

“Brave” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Producer:  Katherine Sarafian

“Frankenweenie” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Producers:  Allison Abbate, Tim Burton

“ParaNorman” (Focus Features)
Producers:  Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner

“Rise of the Guardians” (Paramount Pictures)
Producers:  Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg

“Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Producer:  Clark Spencer

This year, the Producers Guild will also present special honors to Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Milestone Award), Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), J.J. Abrams (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Russell Simmons (Visionary Award) and BULLY (Stanley Kramer Award).

The 2013 Producers Guild nominated television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category, along with producers. The producers’ names listed for each nominated production are listed in alphabetical order and are not necessarily the proper order of credits.

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  • Ashwin Pinto | January 3, 2013 2:47 AMReply

    Are 'The Master' and 'The Dark Knight Rises' finished in terms of getting a Best Picture Oscar nomination?

  • MattS | January 4, 2013 8:50 AM

    The Master, and I'd say even Amour, still have a chance at getting a nom. But TDKR has ZERO chances.

  • Chris L. | January 2, 2013 10:14 PMReply

    One needn't be a snob to support "Amour." But a vote for "Marigold Hotel" indicates a cry for help, and not just with online balloting.

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