The Producers Guild Award Nominations Are Here

Skyfall lands a surprise nomination along the predicted contenders. Is James Bond headed for the Best Picture race?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) nominations have just come in and the ten nominees are everything common sense predicted they would be… except for one. Joining the list of contenders for the PGA's, one of the best predictors of the Academy Awards, is Skyfall, the 23rd canonical James Bond film and the first entry in the franchise to crack $1 billion at the box office. Since the Academy Awards raised the number of Best Picture nominees – leading the PGAs to follow suit – a handful of blockbusters have actually managed to break into the frontrunners (Inception, District 9 and Avatar have all been nominated).

Well… perhaps. The Producers Guild is somewhat kinder than the Academy. Although their nominations usually match up with the Oscar nominees for Best Picture, they also nominated J.J. Abram's Star Trek back in 2010, and yet the Academy found no room in their hearts for that popular sci-fi reboot. Skyfall could be a different story, and certainly seems to have made an impression upon industry insiders, but it sure seems like a long shot compared to the other nominations for the PGA Awards, which pretty much completely match up with the predicted contenders. So much so that we don't even feel the need to elaborate further. With the exception of Skyfall, this is pretty much exactly what we expected from the PGAs, and expect to see when the Academy Award nominations are announced next Thursday, January 10.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

Argo (Warner Bros.)
 Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures) 
Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn

Django Unchained (The Weinstein Company) 
Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher

Les Misérables (Universal Pictures) 
Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh

Life of Pi (Fox 2000 Pictures)
 Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark

Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures) 
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features)
 Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales

Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company) 
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

Skyfall (Columbia Pictures)
 Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson

Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures) 
Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Brave (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 
Producer: Katherine Sarafian

Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures)
 Producers: Allison Abbate, Tim Burton

ParaNorman (Focus Features) 
Producers: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner

Rise of the Guardians (Paramount Pictures) 
Producers: Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg

Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) 
Producer: Clark Spencer

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.