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'A Beautiful Mind,' An Ugly Ogre

11 Jan, 2002 By: Staff Reporter

DreamWorks' Shrek is the first animated film to be nominated for the Producers Guild Awards, presented by the Producers Guild of America.

Nominees for the 13th annual PGA nods were announced Thursday. Shrek will face off against Universal/DreamWorks' A Beautiful Mind,>/I> Warner Bros.' Harry and the Sorcerer's Stone, New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Fox's Moulin Rouge for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.

The winner of that award has proved a relatively accurate predictor of the best picture winner at the Academy Awards; nine of the past 12 winners of the Zanuck honor have gone on to win the Oscar for best picture. But supporters of films that the guild did not nominate were quick to point out that the PGA's track record for predicting Oscar nominees is spotty; in each of the past two years, the guild's nominees matched only three of the five Oscar nominees.

The PGA breaks up its television awards into three categories: drama and comedy in episodic television and a single award for longform programming. Nominees for the Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television (drama) are CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," NBC's "Law & Order" and "The West Wing" and HBO's "Six Feet Under" and "The Sopranos."

Three NBC shows received nominations for the Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television (comedy). The network's "Frasier," "Friends" and "Will & Grace" received mentions, along with Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" and HBO's "Sex and the City."

HBO racked up three nominations for the David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award for Longform Television. The network's 61*, Band of Brothers and Wit received noms, as did ABC's Anne Frank and Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.

The PGA is undertaking an accreditation process to determine which producers will be eligible for each of the nominated film and TV productions. The guild will announce its determinations Feb. 13.

"All five nominated motion pictures share universal themes, compelling characters and embrace storytelling on a grand scale," PGA awards co-chairs Bruce Cohen and Debra Hill said. "The television nominees are a remarkable collection of the best-loved, most critically acclaimed programs in the medium."

The Producers Guild Awards will be handed out March 3 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. Calif.

-- Peter Kiefer

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