"Avatar," "Up" among Producers Guild nominees

Tue Jan 5, 2010 11:08am EST
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Box office hits "Avatar," "Star Trek," "Up" and "District 9" scored nominations on Tuesday for the Producers Guild of America Awards, a race that often foretells the winner of the best picture Oscar.

The guild took its cue from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by revealing 10 films, instead of the traditional five, when it announced its nominees. For the first time in decades, the Academy is naming 10 best-picture nominees this year in a bid to boost ratings for the telecast.

The other contenders for the PGA award are: "An Education," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Invictus," "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" and "Up in the Air." Pixar's "Up" became the first animated film to score a nomination.

Notable movies that failed to make the cut included female-oriented entertainments like "Julie & Julia" and "It's Complicated," the musical "Nine" and specialty fare like "A Serious Man," "A Single Man" and "Crazy Heart."

The awards will be presented January 24 at the Hollywood Palladium. In past year, the PGA nominations have served as harbingers of the eventual Oscar nominations for best picture, but it remains to be seen whether that will hold true in the new age of ten nominees. Oscar nominations will be announced on February 2, with the awards ceremony set for March 7.

<p>Director of the movie James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis pose at the premiere of "Avatar" at the Mann's Grauman Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California December 16, 2009. The movie opens in the U.S. on December 18. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>