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PGA unveils film nominations

'Diving Bell,' 'Juno,' 'No Country' nab nods

Opting for specialty fare, the Producers Guild of America has tapped Miramax’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” Fox Searchlight’s “Juno,” Warner Bros.’ “Michael Clayton,” Miramax/Paramount Vantage’s “No Country for Old Men and Vantage/Miramax’s “There Will Be Blood” as the nominees for its top feature film award.

The winner of the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award will be announced Feb. 2 in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton. The event isn’t telecast, so it won’t be picketed by the Writers Guild of America.

The PGA, which has more than 3,300 members, announced the noms Monday morning but did not disclose the names of the nominated producers. It will do so prior to the awards show.

All five of the nominated pics received WGA mentions last week for best screenplay. The DGA matched on four of the five nominees but opted for “Into the Wild” rather than “Juno.”

The org overlooked both Golden Globe best picture winners, “Atonement” and “Sweeney Todd.”

The PGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have diverged on their final pic choice in the past three years (the Acad has 464 members in its producers branch). The PGA selected “Little Miss Sunshine” last year, while the Oscar went to “The Departed”; in 2006, the PGA chose “Brokeback Mountain” and the Acad went with “Crash”; in 2005, “The Aviator” won at the PGA, while “Million Dollar Baby” took the Oscar.

“Diving Bell” producer Kathy Kennedy noted that specialty fare, such as last year’s winner “Little Miss Sunshine,” has been receiving growing recognition among producers.

“This one took a little over five years, and I think that producers appreciate the tenacity it takes to keep an independent film going,” Kennedy added. “I’d like to believe that our film’s originality, emotion and hope is what resonated among members.”

The PGA’s determination of eligible producers for the Zanuck trophy will be used by AMPAS as a guideline for naming the eligible producers on best picture Oscar nominations. The PGA has no limits on the number of producers; the Academy limits the number to three, though it modified that policy last June to allow for exceptions.

The PGA also announced Monday that it had nommed DreamWorks’ “Bee Movie,” Pixar’s “Ratatouille” and Fox’s “The Simpsons Movie” for its animation award.

Documentary noms went to Phil Donahue Prods./Mobilus Media’s “Body of War,” HBO’s “Hear and Now,” the Weinstein Co.’s “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” TWC’s “Sicko” and HBO’s “White Night/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

Longform TV mentions went to HBO’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” ESPN’s “The Bronx Is Burning,” Disney Channel’s “High School Musical 2,” PBS and BBC’s “Jane Eyre” and USA’s “The Starter Wife.”

The PGA previously announced TV noms in four other categories along with its honorary awards.

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
“The Diving Bell And The Butterfly” (Miramax)
“Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
“Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
“No Country For Old Men” (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
“There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage/Miramax)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN ANIMATED THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
“Bee Movie” (Dreamworks Animation)
“Ratatouille” (Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation)
“The Simpsons Movie” (20th Century FOX)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN DOCUMENTARY THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
“Body Of War” (Phil Donahue Productions/Mobilus Media)
“Hear And Now” (HBO)
“Pete Seeger: The Power Of Song” (The Weinstein Company)
“Sicko” (The Weinstein Company)
“White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki” (HBO)

THE DAVID L. WOLPER PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN LONG-FORM TELEVISION
“Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” (HBO)
“The Bronx Is Burning” (ESPN)
“High School Musical 2” (The Disney Channel)
“Jane Eyre” (PBS/BBC)
“The Starter Wife” (USA Network)

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