Here’s your best indicator yet as to what the crop of nominations for the Best Picture Oscar is likely to be. The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced its nominations for 2011 awards, which will be doled out on January 21.

The ten films nominated for the PGA’s top honor include expected pictures such as The Artist, The Descendants and War Horse. There are no real surprises, but the growing Oscar chances for The Help won’t be hurt by getting a PGA nomination (would be slightly wild to see Chris Columbus, a producer on The Help, with an Oscar), and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris makes an appearance on the list, too. There are a couple surprises, though, in the form of Bridesmaids and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — the Judd Apatow and Scott Rudin effects in full force there. With 5-10 Best Picture nominations possible for this year’s Oscars, most of the films in the PGA’s top list are likely to end up in the race.

The full PGA press release, with the full slate of nominations, is below. Documentary and animation nominations are there, too, though the slate of nominations in each category is more or less exactly what you’d expect to see at this point. Read More »

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Six years have passed since we last saw a new Cameron Crowe movie and now we get three in five months. It starts in September with Pearl Jam Twenty, Crowe’s documentary on the influential Seattle grunge band. Then in December Crowe returns to narrative filmmaking with We Bought a Zoo starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, followed quickly in January by The Union, his documentary about Elton John‘s collaboration with Leon Russell. The first two films will be released in theaters but HBO has picked up The Union and will air it in January 2012. Read the press release and more after the break. Read More »

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