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The Producers Guild and Writers Guild both liked all the same movies everyone else did

The Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America—easily the two most powerful guilds in America that do not involve collecting Moon Silver Sand points—have announced their respective nominations for this year’s upcoming awards, and anyone who’s been paying attention to the slow drip of end-of-year accolades can probably guess which of 2010’s films were recognized. Last year’s PGA nominees accurately predicted eight of the eventual 10 nominees for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, which is probably good, if somewhat superfluous news for presumed Oscar favorites The Social Network, The King’s Speech, The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Fighter, and Inception. There was some snubbing going on in the omission of Winter’s Bone, which failed to make the list; instead, the PGA paid tribute to seeming underdogs True Grit and The Town, while also nominating Toy Story 3 for both Outstanding Feature and Outstanding Animated Feature, which should make Disney happy. Good, because no one likes a sad Disney.

The WGA nominations may come as some surprise to Aaron Sorkin, who railed against the organization during a recent roundtable in front of its West Coast president John Wells and sort-of jokingly declared, “I now will not get a WGA nomination; we can rule that out.” Probably to prove the WGA is the bigger guild, it went ahead and nominated Sorkin anyway, and they might even give it to him, just to see the look on his face. And since The King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, and Winter’s Bone were ruled ineligible for recognition because they did not meet the guild’s strict guidelines (for either not being produced under the union’s jurisdiction or not being “formally submitted” for consideration, presumably by a tuxedoed man-servant), a couple of unexpected films squeaked in, namely Please Give and I Love You Phillip Morris. Here are the full lists of nominees from each organization:


Outstanding Feature
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit


Outstanding Animated Feature
Despicable Me
How To Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3

Outstanding Documentary
Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot Spitzer
Earth Made Of Glass
Inside Job
Smash His Camera
The Tillman Story
Waiting For ‘Superman’


Best Original Screenplay
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
Please Give


Best Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours
I Love You Phillip Morris
The Social Network
The Town
True Grit

Best Documentary Screenplay
Enemies Of The People
Freedom Riders
Inside Job
The Two Escobars
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?


The PGA also recognizes television producers, with nominations for the creative teams behind each of the following shows and TV movies:

Outstanding Comedy
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
The Office

Outstanding Drama
Breaking Bad
Mad Men
True Blood

Outstanding Long-Form Television
Murder On The Orient Express
Pillars Of The Earth
Temple Grandin
The Pacific
You Don't Know Jack


Outstanding Non-Fiction Television
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Deadliest Catch
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List
Undercover Boss

Outstanding Live and Competition Television
The Amazing Race
The Colbert Report
Project Runway
Real Time With Bill Maher
Top Chef


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