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'12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' and 'Her' among Producers Guild Award Nominees

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After a two week break for the holidays, awards season returns to the spotlight again in Hollywoodland. Kicking off the new year are the Producers Guild of America who have announced their film and television nominees for the 2013 calendar year. As I expected, awards season juggernauts 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Gravity all made the cut. As did Nebraska, Captain Phillips and controversy magnet The Wolf of Wall Street. I predict the first three, and at least two from the second group to be safe for Best Picture Oscar nominations.

Among the surprises: I’m really pleased to see Spike Jonze’s tender futuristic love-story Her shortlisted. Hopefully this nomination is a precursor for a strong showing on Oscar nomination morning (January 19th). I’m also happy that the PGA included Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, a film whose presence on the awards circuit so far have been relegated to Cate Blanchett’s towering leading performance. And even though the inclusion of Saving Mr. Banks, and to a lesser extent Dallas Buyers Club, weren’t surprises, I’m still disappointed to see them shortlisted in such a strong year for film. Blah!

Among the absences, I’m most surprised that the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis couldn’t make the shortlist. But like A Serious Man, their previous small-scale drama, I’m confident that the Academy will go to bat for the brothers and rectify this error later this month. Other than that… the biggest shock here is that none of The Weinstein Company’s stable of award hopefuls made the list. Although none of their 2013 releases, which includes The Butler, Philomena, August: Osage County and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, are star players this year, I expected at least one (most likely The Butler) to show – considering Weinstein’s clout and award season power. Heads will likely be rolling this weekend in Camp Harvey.

Anyway, here’s the entire list, including Animation and Documentary nominees:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Her (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay

Nebraska (Paramount Pictures)

Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa

Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Producers: Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer

12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner

Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)

Producers: Riza Aziz, Emma Koskoff, Joey McFarland

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Croods (DreamWorks Animation)

Producers: Kristine Belson, Jane Hartwell

Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures)

Producers: Janet Healy, Chris Meledandri

Epic (Twentieth Century Fox)

Producers: Jerry Davis, Lori Forte

Frozen (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Producer: Peter Del Vecho

Monsters University (Pixar Animation)

Producer: Kori Rae

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

A PLACE AT THE TABLE (Magnolia Pictures)

Producers: Julie Goldman, Ryan Harrington, Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush

FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY (First Run Features)

Producers: Brad Bernstein, Rick Cikowski

LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM (HBO Documentary Films)

Producers: Andrea Nix Fine, Sean Fine, Miriam Weintraub

WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (Focus Features)

Producers: Alexis Bloom, Alex Gibney, Marc Shmuger

WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? THE LIFE AND TIME OF TIM HETHERINGTON (HBO Documentary Films)

Producers: James Brabazon, Nick Quested

SOURCE: Producers Guild of America Awards

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