Producers Guild Goes For Sci-Fi With Nods To Star Trek And District 9

By Katey Rich 2010-01-05 08:31:48discussion comments
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The Producers Guild of America have announced their nominees for the top films of 2009, having expanded their list to 10 after the Academy did the same. While the list includes some expected awards-season favorites-- The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air-- it packs some surprises as well, and some great ones for fans of sci-fi. Along with Avatar's expected nomination, both District 9 and Star Trek made the list, both films that might have been considered too sci-fi or too popular for the group in the past.

Making history was Up, which became the first movie ever to receive both a Best Animated Feature and a Best Picture nomination from the group. Up shared the Best Animated category with 9, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coralineand The Princess and the Frog.

You can see the full list of nominees below. The question now becomes how the PGA's choices will reflect the Academy's, particularly given that the PGA is the only guild (unlike Directors Guild or Writers Guild) that picks 10 Best Picture nominees. Given how surprising it is that both Star Trek and District 9 made it in, I'd expect one to fall by the wayside in favor of A Serious Man or, gulp, Nine (though Nine's snub here solidifies belief that its Oscar chances are over). Still, it's a great moment for sci-fi either way, particularly given how much trouble the genre has had winning awards in the past (Star Wars lost Best Picture!) Now if only we could have gotten Moon on that list.

Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:
AVATAR
Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau

DISTRICT 9
Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson

AN EDUCATION
Producers: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey

THE HURT LOCKER
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Producer: Lawrence Bender

INVICTUS
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Rob Lorenz, Lori McCreary , Mace Neufeld

PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness

STAR TREK
Producers: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof

UP
Producer: Jonas Rivera

UP IN THE AIR
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
9
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

CORALINE
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
Producer: Peter Del Vecho

UP
Producer: Jonas Rivera

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:
BURMA VJ
Producer: Lise Lense-Moller

The COVE
Producers: Paula DuPre Pesman, Fisher Stevens

SERGIO
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.


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