'Downton Abbey,' 'The Artist' top Producers Guild of America nominees

Steven-Spielberg.jpgThe Producers Guild of America awards are usually one of the best Oscar predictors out there, and the nominees have just been announced. The producers of "The Artist," "War Horse," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "Hugo" are among the film nominees for their top feature-film prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award for Theatrical Motion Pictures. Other films in the category include "The Help," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "The Ides of March," "The Descendents" and the wildly popular comedy, "Bridesmaids."

Terrence Malick's critically acclaimed, but audience-splitting "Tree of Life" didn't make the cut. Maybe the dinosaurs were too much? Another surprising absence was "Drive," which not only grabbed the attention of audiences, but made Ryan Gosling's scorpion jacket one of the top Halloween costumes this year.

Producers Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy were nominated twice, both for "War Horse" and the animated feature "The Adventures of Tintin." Other animated films nominated include "Cars 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots" and "Rango."

On the TV side in the longform television category include the critically acclaimed "Downton Abbey," the controversial "The Kennedys," "Cinema Verite," "Mildred Pierce" and "Too Big to Fail." Nominees in the previously announced television series categories include "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "Mad Men," "Modern Family" and "Glee."

The Producers Guild Awards will take place on Saturday, January 21 in the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.
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