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  • Producers Guild Awards nominees unveiled - USA TODAY 1/4/07

    Producers Guild Awards nominees unveiled

    Updated 1/3/2007 6:32 PM ET

    Fox Searchlight
    Abigail Breslin stars with Steve Carell, Toni Collette,
    Alan Arkin, Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear in Little Miss Sunshine.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Producers Guild of America announced the nominees Wednesday for its annual awards handout, with an Oscars-worthy list of films leading the way.

    The five contenders for best theatrical picture: Babel, The Departed, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen.

    The Producers Guild Awards, which recognize outstanding work in film and television, will be doled out on Jan. 20.

    The other nominees:

    • Animated theatrical motion pictures: Cars, Flushed Away, Happy Feet, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Monster House.

    • Long-form television: Bleak House, Elizabeth I, Flight 93, High School Musical, Mrs. Harris.

    • Non-fiction television: The Amazing Race 9, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, 60 Minutes.

    • Episodic television, comedy: Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, My Name is Earl, The Office, Weeds.

    • Episodic television, drama: Grey's Anatomy, House, Lost, The Sopranos, 24.

    • Variety television: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, Real Time with Bill Maher, The XX Olympic Games: Opening Ceremony.

    The Guild had previously announced it was honoring Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, the production team behind Memoirs of a Geisha and Jarhead ; Jerry Bruckheimer, whose TV credits include Without a Trace,The Amazing Race and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ; veteran awards-show producer Ken Ehrlich, video-game pioneer Will Wright and writer-producer Ron Meyer. Al Gore's environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth will also be cited.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Producers Guild Awards nominees unveiled - USA TODAY 1/4/07

    Producers pick 'Sunshine'
    PGA announces winners for annual awards

    By Dave McNary
    January 21, 2007

    'Little Miss Sunshine' was the surprise winner at the PGA Awards.

    In an unpredictable turn in the wide-open awards season, the Producers Guild of America has tapped offbeat family comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" as winner of its top feature film award over "Babel," "The Departed," "Dreamgirls" and "The Queen."

    The PGA, based on voting by its 3,300 members, gave its Darryl F. Zanuck trophy to "Sunshine" producers Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa in ceremonies Saturday night at the Century Plaza. The award, presented by Tom Cruise, was only the second comedy ever chosen by the PGA, joining "Forrest Gump."

    With a $12 million price tag, "Sunshine" was the lowest-cost of the nominees for the PGA award. Fox Searchlight acquired the pic -- starring Alan Arkin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Van Breslin, Steve Carrell and Paul Dano as a dysfunctional family -- at last year's Sundance Film Festival.

    In his acceptance speech, Turtletaub singled out Michael Arndt's screenplay and said the key scene in making him decide to back the project came when he read about the grandfather advising his grandson to have sex with a lot of women -- "I mean, like a thousand."

    "Thank you Michael," he added. "Without your wonderful screenplay, with equal parts of humor, heart and wisdom, none of us would be here tonight."

    The PGA win for "Little Miss Sunshine" -- a surprise success first released during the summer with domestic grosses hitting nearly $60 million -- gives it significant awards season momentum as the PGA winner has matched the Best Picture Oscar winner 11 times in 17 years. However, the orgs differed last year with the PGA choosing "Brokeback Mountain" and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences going with "Crash" and in 2005 with "The Aviator" winning at the PGA and "Million Dollar Baby" winning the Best Picture Oscar.

    "Little Miss Sunshine" hadn't been seen as frontrunner recently, thanks to "Babel" and "Dreamgirls” taking the Golden Globes for best drama and best comedy/musical, respectively. "Babel," "Dreamgirls," "The Departed" and "Sunshine" have all been nominated for the DGA award for director, the WGA for script and the SAG award for top ensemble.

    If "Sunshine" receives an Oscar nom for Best Picture on Tuesday, the exec committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will then have to eliminate at least two of the five producers from being credited due to the AMPAS requirement limiting the number of producers to three. The PGA, which formally advises AMPAS on producer credits, has no limit on the number of producers that can be credited although it's been attempting to cut down on the proliferation of credits.
    "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was the last double PGA-Oscar winner in 2004, joining "Driving Miss Daisy," "Dances With Wolves," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Schindler's List," "Forrest Gump," "The English Patient," "Titanic," "American Beauty," "Gladiator" and "Chicago."

    The PGA presented its second animated feature trophy to Disney/Pixar's "Cars," which topped "Flushed Away," "Happy Feet," "Ice Age: the Meltdown" and "Monster House."

    Previously announced honors included Ron Meyer with the Milestone Award, Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, and Jerry Bruckheimer with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television; "An Inconvenient Truth" won the Stanley Kramer Award while the Vanguard Award was presented to Will Wright, and concert producer Ken Ehrlich received the Visionary Award.

    Ehrlich's award featured surprise performances by Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

    Also at the kudofest was former Vice President Al Gore, who gave a well receieved speech as part of the presentation of the Kramer award given to the producers of "An Inconvenient Truth."

    And the winners are...

    "Little Miss Sunshine," (Fox Searchlight) Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa

    "Cars,"(Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation) Darla K. Anderson

    "Elizabeth I," (HBO) Suzan Harrison, George Faber, Charles Pattinson, Barney Riesz

    "Grey's Anatomy," Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, James Parriott, Peter Horton, Rob Corn

    "The Office," Greg Daniels, Kent Zbornak

    "Real Time with Bill Maher," Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Dean Johnsen

    "60 Minutes," Jeff Fager
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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