Hollywood producers pick film award nominees

Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:53pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Producers Guild of America unveiled nominees for its film awards on Monday picking a range of movies including comedy "Juno" and legal thriller "Michael Clayton" in a key hurdle in Hollywood's Oscar race.

Joining the nominees for producer of the year were crime thriller "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood," a tale of the corrupting nature of power and money, and French language film "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" about a paralyzed journalist who dictates a book by blinking his eye.

The Producers Guild is an association of movie and TV show makers, and its awards often play a role in Hollywood's march toward the Oscars, the world's top film honors given in February by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Along with groups such as the Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild, many members of the PGA also are voters for Academy Awards. As a result, their nominations offer hints as to which films are most favored by Oscar voters.

The PGA's list includes four of five movies also nominated by the directors. The lone exception was the directors' choice of Sean Penn's tale of self-discovery "Into the Wild" over the producers' choice of teen pregnancy comedy "Juno."

Screen Actors also thought highly of "Into the Wild," but "Juno" star Ellen Page was nominated by that group for best actress in a movie.

The PGA also hands out awards for best work on an animated film and in that arena, the producers of "Bee Movie," "Ratatouille" and "The Simpsons Movie" will compete.

The grouping for best work in a documentary includes five films -- director Michael Moore's "Sicko" and "Body of War," "Hear and Now," "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" and "White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

(Editing by Kristin Roberts)

<p>Ellen Page poses at the premiere of "Juno" at the Village theatre in Westwood, California December 3, 2007. Page was nominated by the Producers Guild of America for best actress in a movie. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>