Oscar 2007: Producers Guild Nominees

January 14, 2008–The Producers Guild of America has tapped Miramaxs The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Fox Searchlights Juno, Warner Bros. Michael Clayton, Miramax/Paramount Vantages No Country for Old Men and Vantage/Miramaxs There Will Be Blood as nominees for its top feature film award.

The winner of the PGAs Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award will be announced February 2 in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton. The events not telecast.

The PGA, which has over 3,300 members, announced the nods Monday morning but did not disclose the names of which producers have been nominated. It will do so at a later date.

The organization overlooked both Golden Globe best picture winners, Atonement and Sweeney Todd.

The PGA has diverged with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has 464 members in its producers branch, in the last three years. The PGA selected Little Miss Sunshine last year while the Oscar went to The Departed; in 2006, the PGA chose Brokeback Mountain and the Academy went with Crash; in 2005, The Aviator won at the PGA while Million Dollar Baby took the Oscar.

The PGAs determiniation 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 its number of producers; AMPAS limits the number to three though it has modified that policy to allow for exceptions.

The PGA also announced Monday it had nommed DreamWorks Bee Movie, Pixars Ratatouille and Foxs The Simpsons Movie for its animation award. Documentary noms went to Phil Donahue Prods./Mobilus Medias Body of War, HBOs Hear and Now, the Weinstein Co.s Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, TWCs Sicko and HBOsWhite Night: Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Longform TV nods went to HBOs Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, ESPNs The Bronx Is Burning, Disney Channels High School Musical 2, PBS/BBCs Jane Eyre, and USAs The Starter Wife.

The PGA had previously announced TV nominations in four other categories.

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)