Producers won't follow Academy's Oscar move

The Producers Guild of America is sticking to 10 nominees for its top feature award rather than following the revised voting procedures of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which decided last month on a system that would result in between five and 10 best picture nominees each year.

The PGA made the announcement Tuesday, a month after AMPAS shook up its nominations process, announcing that it will continue to recognize 10 nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures category.

AMPAS had instituted the doubling of the best picture category from five nominees to 10 in 2009, prompting the PGA to follow suit.

The Academy board of governors voted June 14 to again revise the nominations process, limiting the honor to only those films that receive at least 5% of first-place votes from Academy members.

With a set minimum of five films and a maximum of 10, the actual number of Oscar nominees will usually fall somewhere in between — with that number revealed at the nominations announcement (which next year is Jan. 24). The PGA will announce its noms on Jan. 3.

The PGA’s selections of accredited producers have been used by the Acad for the past four years as guidelines in determining the nominated producers in the Oscar best picture category.

The PGA also announced Tuesday that it has added half a dozen new awards — two in the reality TV category along with national offerings in sports, news, children’s programming and Web series.

The org, which reps more than 4,000 producers, announced in March that the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards would take place Jan. 21 at the Century Plaza, but it disclosed Tuesday that the venue would be the Beverly Hilton Hotel instead.

The Century Plaza, long a favored venue for the PGA, WGA and DGA awards shows, was shunned last year by the three orgs because of an ongoing labor dispute between unionized hotel workers and the Hyatt Corp.

The PGA also said Tuesday that veteran producer and PGA board member Paula Wagner will again chair the upcoming event, along with producer Michael Manheim.

The Directors Guild of America has set Jan. 28 as the date for its 2012 awards show but has not disclosed the location. The guild held this year’s ceremonies at Hollywood and Highland. The Screen Actors Guild’s awards ceremonies will take place Jan. 29 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

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