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Producers Go Sci-Fi: Avatar, District 9 and Star Trek Make Top Ten

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 5, 2010 at 3:12AM

District 9 and Star Trek join awards front-runner Avatar in the Producers Guild of America's top ten for the Darryl F. Zanuck award in theatrical motion pictures.
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District 9 and Star Trek join awards front-runner Avatar in the Producers Guild of America's top ten for the Darryl F. Zanuck award in theatrical motion pictures.

Not happy today are the folks behind The Messenger, Bright Star, Nine and A Serious Man, who could have used a boost. These films may have to settle for acting, writing or technical nods, if they wind up in the Oscar race at all. Jane Campion got bad news yesterday when the Academy ruled that her Bright Star screenplay was adapted, not original. She based her script on the real-life love affair between Fanny Brawne and poet John Keats. The adapted category is far more competitive than original screenplay, where the Coen brothers' A Serious Man, which generates intense positive and negative reactions, could still land.

The PGA is a strong bellwether of Academy sentiment--over the past 20 years their winner has matched Oscar's 13 times. They provide a good indication of where the Academy mainstream may go. But with ten films to choose, the Oscar voters, who are dominated by actors and are made up of a range of crafts, from animators, costume designers and documentary filmmakers to directors, writers and publicists, could still fill their ballots with other titles. Disney/Pixar's Up landed in both the best theatrical and animated producer categories.

Full list at indieWIRE and on the jump.

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

Avatar
Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau

District 9
Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson

An Education
Producers: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey

The Hurt Locker
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.Inglourious Basterds
Producer: Lawrence Bender

Invictus
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Rob Lorenz, Lori McCreary , Mace Neufeld

Precious
Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness

Star Trek
Producers: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof

Up
Producer: Jonas Rivera

Up In The Air
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.


PGA Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

9
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

Coraline
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

The Princess and the Frog
Producer: Peter Del Vecho

Up
Producer: Jonas Rivera


PGA Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Burma VJ
Producer: Lise Lense-Moller

The Cove
Producers: Paula DuPre Pesman, Fisher Stevens

Sergio
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

Soundtrack For a Revolution
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Oscars, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, J.J. Abrams, Coens, Kathryn Bigelow, Clint Eastwood, Avatar, Star Trek, Sci-fi


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.