2012 Producers Guild Award Nominees Include 'Bridesmaids' & More
While 2011 may now be over, awards season is still heating up as we get closer to the big awards ceremonies. Today we have the nominees from the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards, a nice predecessor to the Oscars with the honor of winning being nearly the equivalent of winning Best Picture. In addition, the PGA awards usually give us a good idea of what films will likely be nominated for Best Picture when the Oscar nominations roll around, and this is quite an interesting year of choices, so who knows. Not only is there Bridesmaids, but another total of 10 films nominated that seem like some odd picks, to be honest.
Here's the list of film nominees for the 2012 PGA Awards (for television nominees, see the press release):
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award:
The Artist - Producer: Thomas Langmann
Bridesmaids - Producers: udd 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 - Producer: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
War Horse - Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
PGA Producer of the Year Award in Animation:
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 - Producer: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou
Rango - Producer: John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski
PGA Producer of the Year Award in Documentaries:
Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest - Producers: Michael Rapaport, Edward Parks
Bill Cunningham New York - Producer: Philip Gefter
Project Nim - Producer: Simon Chinn
Senna - Producer: James Gay-Rees
The Union - Producers: Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek
While last year's line-up of the Top 10 films nominated pretty much carried over exactly to the Best Picture category of the Oscars, I'm not so sure about this year. Not only with the change in rules for Best Picture and the voting process, but I'm still not sure that Bridesmaids, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and even The Ides of March, will go all the way in the end. My money is still on The Artist, which is a wonderful film and an easy one for many Academy members to get behind, plus it continues to receive accolades all over town.
Winners will be announced on January 21st at ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the PGA will award special honors to Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award) and Angelina Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey (The Stanley Kramer Award). The 2012 Producers Guild Awards co-chairs are Paula Wagner & Michael Manheim.
Scott Rudin, George Clooney and Judd Apatow defiantly benefited from having lots of friends in the business with this one. I doubt they will be so fortunate with Oscar tho.
happy camper on Jan 3, 2012
I can accept The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I can accept The Ides of March. But Bridesmaids? I mean really. Something about that just bugs me.
RFabry on Jan 3, 2012
I know. Where's Harry Potter 7 Part 2? Or better yet, Drive? No, they had to go with Bridesmaids... I'm surprised that The Hangover Part II isn't nominated.
Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012
Here's a very disgruntled studio exec about the nominations list... http://mankabros.com/blogs/chairman/2012/01/03/the-producers-guild-can-suck-it/
Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012
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