Producers Guild nominates Oscar favorites, surprises with ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and ‘Skyfall’

By Daniel S Levine,

The Producers Guild of America announced its nominees for best production of 2012, picking the Oscar favorites, including Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Argo. However, the PGA surprised with nominations for dark horse candidates Skyfall and Moonrise Kingdom.

The PGA also nominated Life of Pi, Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook.

Nominations for Moonrise Kingdom, the latest from director Wes Anderson, and Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, are both surprising and could boost their Oscar chances. Although Skyfall has been critically praised and a box office smash, Bond films typically don’t do well outside of technical awards at the Oscars. Moonrise Kingdom was released over the summer and has already hit home video, as has Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master failed to make the cut.

As The New York Times notes, the PGA has been good at picking the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Last year, The Artist won both awards. The last time it disagreed with the Oscars was in 2007, when the PGA picked Little Miss Sunshine over The Departed.

Brave, Frankenweenie, Wreck-It Ralph, Rise of the Guardians and ParaNorman were nominated for the top animated production.

The PGA also honors TV and nominated Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey for best TV drama production.

You can check out the full list of nominees here.

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