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'Lee Daniels' The Butler' snubbed by Producer Guild Nominations

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Today, January 2, 2014, the Producers Guild of America announced their nominations for the best in motion pictures and television for 2013. The Producer Guild nominations are one of the best predictors for what films will be nominated for Best Film at the Oscars. Making the list of nominations by the Producers Guild are "Gravity," "American Hustle," "12 Years a Slave," “Blue Jasmine,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The Coen brother's film "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" are missing from the list of the top films according to the Producers Guild. This spells trouble for both films come Oscar time, especially with "Lee Daniels' The Butler." The film was an early release compared to the other films nominated and its lack luster nominations from the SAG, Golden Globes and now the Producers Guild may trickle down to hurt chances for Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey to obtain recognition with Oscar nominations.

Nominations for the Best Animated Feature Films were "The Croods," "Despicable Me 2," "Epic," "Frozen" and "Monsters University." Last year, the Oscars were not so inclined to mirror the nominations by the Producers Guild in this category and other films like the Japanese animated film "The Wind Rises" may still have a chance for recognition during Oscar time. The 2014 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on Jan. 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This event will not be televised.

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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at


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