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The Producers Guild liked the same movies everyone else liked, also pretty sure it watched Mad Men last year

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Meeting at the stroke of midnight in a craggy stone hall lined with the skulls of former Harvey Weinstein assistants, the shadowy Producers Guild convened over flagons of mead for its annual intoning of filmed works that met with their approval, so sayeth them all. With its track record of accurately predicting most if not all of the films that will end up being selected for Oscar recognition, this year’s selections are perhaps more useful than ever, as we’ve seen over the last few months that almost no one can agree on anything other than that Christopher Plummer was pretty great in Beginners, and we should all just pretend Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close didn’t happen, even though it wanted an Oscar so bad it was kind of embarrassing. And other than a couple of sort-of surprises—for instance, rare nods to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Bridesmaids, the latter of which is definitely getting the dark horse contender push from Universal now—anyone who’s been paying attention to this incipient spewing of year-end lists will notice that presumed front-runners like The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo, War Horse, and The Help are looking more and more like locks.


And because everyone needs another opportunity to kvetch about overrated and underappreciated TV shows, the PGA also recognized outstanding work by producers on the small screen, and in the process implied that Dexter (which got nominated) is better than Breaking Bad (which didn’t), or any of the many other dramas that aren’t Dexter that weren’t nominated. Naturally, you could also make similar gripes about Community, ameliorate it with “at least Parks And Recreation got nominated,” and then close out with some general rancor directed at Glee or The Big Bang Theory, because we haven’t that done that in a few weeks. Not that you should necessarily take the PGA’s TV recommendations too seriously: Not only is it likely the only group to believe that The Kennedys was worthwhile, it also saw fit to recognize Mad Men this year, despite the fact that the show hasn’t aired an episode since 2010. It’s just that good, apparently. Anyway, here’s the complete list of nominees:

Outstanding Feature
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Help
The Ides Of March
Midnight In Paris
War Horse


Outstanding Animated Feature
The Adventures Of Tintin
Cars 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss In Boots

Outstanding Documentary
Beats, Rhymes, And Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest
Bill Cunningham New York
Project Nim
The Union


Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Game Of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Parks And Recreation


Outstanding Long-form Television
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Kennedys
Mildred Pierce
Too Big To Fail

Outstanding Live TV Or Talk Show
The Colbert Report
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The 64th Annual Tony Awards


Outstanding Nonfiction Series
30 For 30
American Masters
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Deadliest Catch
Undercover Boss

Outstanding TV Competition Series
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef


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