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'The Artist,' 'Bridesmaids' among Producers Guild award nominees

January 3, 2012 | 10:14 am

  Hollywood's complicated movie awards season didn't get any clearer Tuesday morning as the Producers Guild of America announced its 10 nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award in theatrical motion pictures
Hollywood's complicated movie awards season didn't get any clearer Tuesday morning as the Producers Guild of America announced its 10 nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award in theatrical motion pictures.

Some of the nominees were expected, including "The Artist," "The Descendants," "Hugo," "Moneyball" and "War Horse," but there were some mild surprises in the mix, such as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Ides of March" and "Bridesmaids."

Rounding out the nominees were "The Help" and "Midnight in Paris."  

The PGA award is seen as a bellwether for the best picture Academy Award. The last time the two didn't see eye to eye was five years ago when "Little Miss Sunshine" won the PGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose "The Departed" as best film.

Nominated for the producer of the year award in animated theatrical motion pictures are "The Adventures of Tintin," "Cars 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots" and "Rango."

Vying for the David L. Wolper producer of the year award in long-form TV are "Cinema Verite," "Downton Abby," "The Kennedys," "Mildred Pierce" and "Too Big to Fail."

In contention for producer of the year in documentary theatrical motion pictures are "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest," "Bill Cunningham New York," "Project Nim," "Senna" and "The Union."

Nominated for the Danny Thomas award for outstanding producer of episodic television, comedy, are "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation."

The nominees for the Norman Felton Award for outstanding producer of episodic TV, drama, are "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men."

Nominated for the award for outstanding producer of live entertainment and talk television are "The Colbert Report," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Real Time With Bill Maher," "Saturday Night Live" and "The 64th Annual Tony Awards."

The nominees for the outstanding producer of competition television are "The Amazing Race," "American Idol," "Dancing With the Stars," "Project Runaway" and "Top Chef."

The PGA Awards will be handed out Jan. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For a full list of the nominees, as provided by the PGA, click ahead.

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This weekend: Patrick Goldstein hosts producers panel in Santa Barbara

February 12, 2010 | 11:33 am

Getprev As awards season enters the final stretch, certain faces have become recognizable staples, like critical darling Jeremy Renner, wide-eyed newcomer Anna Kendrick and the ever-charming George Clooney.

But those who helped to propel these actors into the spotlight -- the producers of the films they star in -- are often far less visible.

This weekend, the producers of six major Oscar-contending films will participate in a panel at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, moderated by The Times' own Big Picture columnist and blogger, Patrick Goldstein. On Saturday at 11 a.m., Ivan Reitman ("Up In the Air"), Mark Boal ("The Hurt Locker"), Lawrence Bender ("Inglourious Basterds"), Jon Landau ("Avatar"), Lori McCreary ("Invictus") and Jonas Rivera ("Up") will gather at the Lobreo Theatre for the aptly titled Movers & Shakers panel. 

Goldstein, who has hosted a similar panel at the festival for half a dozen years, said he hopes that the producers will discuss interesting anecdotes from the production process as well as how they handle crisis management. Goldstein 

"I just try to ask them interesting questions because I'm a real fan of producers," he said. "I think they often get short shrift partially because producing isn't a very glamorous job, there are often movies that have 15 producers on them and people outside the business don’t have a clue what a producer does. Many hardly recognize anyone’s name once you get past Jerry Bruckheimer."

Why else should festivalgoers attend the panel?

"We're gonna talk a lot about sex on the movie set, and these guys are in a position to know what goes on," Goldstein joked. "I would hope people would want to come because they're going to be surprised by how interesting producers are. After all, they are the ones who really get the movies made."

Tickets to the event cost $35 each and can be purchased here.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo of Ivan Reitman by Los Angeles Times; Patrick Goldstein by Patricia Williams / For The Times.


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