PGA Announces Nominations for Film & Television Awards
As reported in Daily Variety, the PGA, which announced the nominations for its Daryl F. Zanuck award Tuesday morning, will reveal the winner January 21 at its awards gala at the Beverly Hilton.
Consisting largely of awards season frontrunners, the PGA list contained only a few mild surprises in Bridesmaids, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Ides of March. Of the PGA nominees, only The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wasn't named last month as a Golden Globes feature nominee.
The PGA decided in July to stick to 10 nominees for its top feature award rather than following the revised voting procedures of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which revised its voting in June to a system that would result in between five and 10 best picture nominees each year. Oscar nominations will be announced January 24.
A total of two dozen producers were tapped as PGA nominees: Thomas Langmann for The Artist; Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel and Clayton Townsend for Bridesmaids; Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for The Descendants; Cean Chaffin, Scott Rudin for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus and Brunson Green for The Help; Graham King and Martin Scorsese for Hugo; George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Brian Oliver for The Ides of March; Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum for Midnight in Paris; Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt for Moneyball; and Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg for War Horse.
Fifteen of the 22 previous PGA winners have gone on to win the Oscar for best picture and have matched for the last four years with The King's Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire and No Country for Old Men. Last year's PGA victory by The King's Speech represented something of a turning point in the awards season, which had seen The Social Network carry much of the momentum at that point.
Spielberg and Kennedy received another PGA nod on Tuesday in the animated category for The Adventures of Tintin along with the producers of Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and Rango. Toy Story 3 won the award last year.
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