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Golden Laurel awards to be presented March 3rd

Producers of “Gods and Monsters,” “Life Is Beautiful,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Waking Ned Devine” have been nominated for feature awards by the Producers Guild of America, which will present them March 3 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

In television, nominations went to producers of “Mama Flora’s Family,” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Gia,” “The Temptations,” “The Wedding,” “Ally McBeal,” “JAG,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Sports Night” and “The Practice.”

The PGA’s Golden Laurel awards honor “visionaries” in the production of motion pictures and television, according to Tuesday’s announcement by the guild.

Producers nommed

Nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Theatrical Motion Picture award for producer of the year are Paul Colichman, Gregg Fienberg and Mark Harris for “Gods”; Elda Ferri and Gianluigi Braschi, “Life”; Steven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon and Gary Levinsohn, “Ryan”; David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick and Marc Norman for “Shakespeare”; and Glynis Murray and Richard Holmes, “Devine.”

In the TV awards, only executive producers are listed. Nominees for the Norman Felton award for nonepisodic television are Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner and Carol Schreder for “Mama”; Tom Hanks, “Earth”; Marvin Worth, David Ginsburg and Ilene Khan Power, “Gia”; Suzanne de Passe, Suzanne Coston and David V. Picker, “Temptations”; and Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte, “Wedding.”

In episodic TV, David E. Kelley was nominated twice, for “Practice” and “McBeal.” The other nominees are Donald P. Bellisario for “JAG”; Gary Shandling and Brad Grey, “Sanders”; and Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Tony Krantz, Rob Scheidlinger, Thomas Schlamme and Aaron Sorkin for “Sports Night.”

The PGA was formed in 1950. It has about 500 active members and 1,000 affiliated members.

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