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PGA avoids credit limit

Guild announces producers for nominated films

The sometimes sticky question of producer credits may actually be controversy-free during this awards season.

The Producers Guild of America announced Monday the 14 accredited producers for its previously announced five nominees for its top feature award — and none of the films have more than three producers, unlike last year when “Little Miss Sunshine” had five and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences removed two of them from its list of accredited producers.

AMPAS, which was set to announce its nominations early Tuesday, uses the PGA credit determinations as a guideline in its own determination of producer credits for best picture Oscar nominees.

The PGA’s announcement listed Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Kilik for Miramax’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” Lainne Halfon, Mason Novick and Russell Smith for Fox Searchlight’s “Juno”; Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent and Sydney Pollack for Warner Bros.’ “Michael Clayton”; Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Scott Rudin for Miramax/Paramount Vantage’s “No Country for Old Men”; and Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi and Joanne Sellar for Vantage/Miramax’s “There Will Be Blood.”

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 gave its Darryl F. Zanuck trophy last year to “Sunshine” producers Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa.

AMPAS, due to its rule limiting the number of producers to three for best picture nominees, subsequently excluded Berger and Yerxa. “The Departed” went on to win the Oscar. But the Academy then decided in June that it would allow exceptions to the rule in extraordinary circumstances — though it didn’t cite the “Sunshine” controversy at the time.

The PGA, which has more than 3,600 members, also announced Monday the accredited producers in feature animation — Jerry Seinfeld and Christina Steinberg in DreamWorks’ “Bee Movie”; Brad Lewis in Disney/Pixar’s “Ratatouille”; and James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Richard Sakai and Mike Scully for Fox’s “The Simpsons Movie.”

Documentary credits went to Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro for Phil Donahue Prods./Mobilus Media’s “Body of War”; Irene Taylor Brodsky for HBO’s “Hear and Now”; Jim Brown, Michael Cohl and William Eigen for the Weinstein Co.’s “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song”; Michael Moore and Meghan O’Hara for TWC’s “Sicko”; and Steven Okazaki for HBO’s “White Night/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

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