These Might Be Your Oscar Nominees For Best Picture

By  · Published on January 4th, 2011

The Producers Guild of America is known for aligning its picks with the Oscar nominations with the startling regularity that can only come when two groups share the same voting pool.

That’s why groups like, say, the Hollywood Foreign Press (who I think actually nominated a nip-slip video this year) doesn’t match up at all.

The PGA, which announced its award nominees today, went 9 for 10 last year, and by the looks of this list, they might just do it again in 2011.

The full list includes:

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

127 HOURS Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson

BLACK SWAN Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver

INCEPTION Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

THE FIGHTER Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Producers: Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray

THE KING’S SPEECH Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Producers: Dana Brunetti, Cean Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

THE TOWN Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Graham King

TOY STORY 3 Producer: Darla K. Anderson

TRUE GRIT Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

DESPICABLE ME Producers: John Cohen, Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Producer: Bonnie Arnold

TOY STORY 3 Producer: Darla K. Anderson

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

EARTH MADE OF GLASS Producers: Reid Carolin, Deborah Scranton

INSIDE JOB Producers: Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs

SMASH HIS CAMERA Producers: Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger

THE TILLMAN STORY Producer: John Battsek

WAITING FOR ‘SUPERMAN’ Producer: Lesley Chilcott

There are two interesting things to note with this nomination ballot.

  1. Toy Story 3 appears in both major narrative categories just as Up was nominated for Best Picture and Best Animated last year.
  2. There are five movies that have titles that start with the word ‘the.’

Okay, so there was really only one quirk about the listing.

This list really does look pound for pound like the one AMPAS will put out soon. It’s difficult to imagine anything being swapped out for something else, although since the PGA was off by one last year (by not including The Blind Side), and if I had to replace one for another (based on pure speculation of voting habits and not quality) it would be dropping The Town in exchange for Winter’s Bone.

Slightly more prestige and slightly less Blake Lively with smeared mascara.

We’ll of course have to wait to see how well these match up with the Academy Award nominees, but it looks spot on from this vantage point.

What do you think? Who should win?

Related Topics:

Movie stuff at VanityFair, Thrillist, IndieWire, Film School Rejects, and The Broken Projector Podcast@brokenprojector | Writing short stories at Adventitious.