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Producers Guild of America nominations = Oscars' front-runners

January 5, 2009 | 12:18 pm

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There were no jaw-droppers among the nominees for best picture by the Producers Guild of America: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk" and "Slumdog Millionaire." A winner will be announced on Jan. 24.

Most of the Producers Guild of America nominees tend to line up with the Oscar high five, but sometimes the guild is known to toss in surprises like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (2002) and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001).

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Some pundits believed that "Wall-E" might sneak in, considering that the producers guild nominated animated blockbusters in the past such as "The Incredibles" in 2004 and "Shrek" in 2001. Also snubbed were these other films considered to be front-runners: "Doubt," "Gran Torino," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "The Wrestler."

In their 19-year history, the Producers Guild of America awards have foreseen 12 of Oscar's eventual best-picture winners, including last year's champ "No Country for Old Men." However, the previous three PGA winners failed to prevail at the Oscars. In 2006, the PGA picked "Little Miss Sunshine" over "The Departed," in 2005, it backed "Brokeback Mountain" rather than "Crash," and in 2004 "The Aviator" soared ahead of "Million Dollar Baby."

While the PGA has only predicted 63% of the eventual Oscars winners, they have gotten a solid 76% of the best picture contenders correct. Indeed, 72 of their choices were among the 95 in contention for the top Oscar over the last 19 years. Last year, they scored four out of five with "Juno," "Michael Clayton" and "There Will Be Blood" also among their picks. While the PGA had "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" as the fifth nominee, the academy voters went with "Atonement."

The only year that the producers guild nominees did not include the eventual Oscar winner was back in 1995 when "Braveheart" failed to make the cut and "Apollo 13" took home the Golden Laurel.

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I'm rooting for Slumdog millionaire for Oscars!!! During these dark times the only way people is to cherish every small moment that was once ignored. People this movie makes you cry, smile, laugh, and hope when everything seems to going the rock bottom. Times are hard but dance to every moment that makes you smile and only will you find peace during these difficult times. This is what i got from this film. I was a huge fan of Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I loved the story and the acting was amazing. Dark Knight as well an amazing movie. Can't wait to hear the nominees for the Oscars.

Yes that's great the Dark Knight does deserve to be the first superhero movie nominated. Because not only is it the highest grossing superhero movie it's also the most critically accepted superhero film with great morals inside it. The dark knight also has higher ratings on rotten tomatoes and metacritic than the curious case of benjamin button, Frost/Nixon, The reader and revolutionary road. And it is about equal to slumdog millionaire and milk give and take a few points. It also has higher ratings(on rotten tomaoes/metacritic) than alot of previous best picture winners such as Titanic ,Gladiator, Crash, A beautiful mind, and etc....(long list look it up).


But if you could see from my point of view it really does deserve a nomination. But I'm not so sure about a win due to the fact that I haven't seen Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, or even Frost/Nixon maybe I'll rent them someday. So in all JUST NOMINATE IT. it deserves it.

I think the presence of Dark Night doesn't seem to weird at all, it's 08's blockbuster not doubt, but for instance: Milk is taking advantage of the previous gay theme movie a l'a "Brokeback Mountain", Frox/Nixon as a political drama doesn't put too much in to the pundits. Bejamin Button is curious but not notable; however the real challenge will be Slumdog, just because of the light this movie brings in times of darknes and Im not talking about the Batman but hey let's not forget the international momentum with the war in the middle east and as a Indian fantasy mmmight not be the real gold. Either choice will be Ok,still I'll go for DarkNight as a masterpiece.

we are on the verg of watching the movie industry change now and forever thanks to the dark knight and heath ledger.. the only real choices for the honor of oscar........


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