The Descendants starring George Clooney as a family man, and the silent black and white movie The Artist, were among 10 movies earning Producers Guild Award nominations on January 3.
Woody Allen’s cinematic bow to the French capital, Midnight in Paris and the surprise summer box office hit The Help, which tells of black maids in Mississippi dealing with racism, also built upon their nods from other major film awards as the Hollywood awards season gathers momentum.
High-profile names including Martin Scorsese for 3D-adventure movie Hugo, Brad Pitt for the baseball film Moneyball, George Clooney for political drama The Ides of March and Steven Spielberg for the family film War Horse were also nominated for those films along with their fellow producers.
Completing the list in the main fiction film category were producers for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is a film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy of hit novels and the raunchy summer female comedy Bridesmaids.
The Producers Guild Awards, a key indication of Hollywood sentiment ahead of the Oscars in February, will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 21.
In other categories, Spiel-berg as well as Peter Jackson were nominated for their outstanding production in the animation category The Adventures of Tintin.
In a year of numerous Hollywood sequels, Cars 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2 also received nods in the animation category along with Puss In Boots and western comedy Rango, in which Johnny Depp lends his voice as a pet chameleon.
The Producers Guild producer awards will be handed out two days after the Writers Guild honours. Hollywood’s guilds represent professionals in their respective industries.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2012.