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Will 'Dreamgirls' or 'Departed' win Producers Guild prize?

January 17, 2007 | 10:08 pm

This Saturday the Producers Guild of America unveils its choice for best picture, which has agreed with Oscar 11 times in 16 years. Two of those exceptions ("The Aviator," "Moulin Rouge!") occurred in the past few years when the voting process changed significantly, permitting TV producers to vote along with the chiefs of feature films.


forum posters are now having a heated debate over who'll win. See the full banter — CLICK HERE! Below: some sample opinions —

True Tenor: "'Dreamgirls.' The PGAs love their musicals. Remember Moulin Rouge? It made less money than Dreamgirls made domestically, but still prevailed over monster films like 'Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring' and 'A Beautiful Mind' (as well as 'Shrek' and 'Harry Potter'). The following year' Chicago' took out 'LOTR 2' and another Scorcese film, 'Gangs of New York' (as well as 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' 'Adaptation,' and 'Road to Perdition'). I see 'Dreamgirls' being the third musical to win."

Seanflynn: "Probably either' DG' or 'Departed,' since the other three 'small' films all have their adherents, and the home grown/big budget films are more natural winners (a la 'Aviator' rather than 'M$B')."

MicheBel: "Well, based on which of these films was most difficult to produce, I would think 'Babel' would win. How many countries did it film in? How many different casts with different languages? All other things aside, I would think it would be the hardest among them, and most deserving of a Producers' Award."

Presidentmerkinmuffley: "Think they may go the way of 'The Departed.' I think last year's win for 'Brokeback Mountain' is interesting for the simple reason it is not a film the PGA would normally wish to reward, but never the less they went with the trend, and from BCFCA I would say 'The Departed' is still narrowly the trend."

Photos: DreamWorks/ Warner Bros.