Yes, The Social Network still has friends in high, award-giving places. So does The King's Speech. And Black Swan. And all the other films we've now come to expect to hear from on nomination mornings.
But the surprise nominee among today's (first) batch of honorees--for the Producers Guild of America's most prestigious year-end prize--is The Town.
Wicked awesome, right? Well, maybe...
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The upside of being a surprise nominee is that you were actually nominated. The downside is that you're not exactly the odds-on favorite to take home the top prize, in this case for Outstanding Producer of a Motion Picture.
Which is good news for the competition.
Also nominated this year are 127 Hours, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right, True Grit (Ben Affleck-Matt Damon BFF face-off alert!) and Toy Story 3, the sole animated film to be nominated in its own right among the main category's big 10. (Condolences to presumptive nominee Winter's Bone, which got edged out this time around.)
Toy Story 3 was naturally nominated again in the Animated Film category, going up against How to Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me.
Here's hoping those minions run a clean campaign.
Meanwhile, it wasn't all movie madness this morning, as the guild also unveiled its TV nominees. Once again, the usual suspects prevailed.
Vying for comedy honors this year are 30 Rock, Glee, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family and The Office. On the drama side, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Lost, Mad Men and True Blood are up.
The Colbert Report, Top Chef, Project Runway, The Amazing Race and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List also netted nominations.
The winners of this year's Producers Guild Awards will be announced in a ceremony hosted by Judd Apatow on Jan. 22, three days before the Oscar nominations are unveiled. Good luck, everyone!
Here's the complete list of nominees for the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards:
Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures127 HoursBlack SwanInceptionThe FighterThe Kids Are All RightThe King's SpeechThe Social NetworkThe TownToy Story 3True Grit
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion PicturesDespicable MeHow to Train Your DragonToy Story 3
Outstanding Producer of DocumentaryClient 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot SpitzerEarth Made of GlassInside JobSmash His CameraThe Tillman StoryWaiting for Superman
Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy30 RockCurb Your EnthusiasmGleeModern FamilyThe Office
Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaBreaking BadDexterLostMad MenTrue Blood
Outstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionMurder on the Orient ExpressPillars of the EarthTemple GrandinThe PacificYou Don't Know Jack
Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction TelevisionAnthony Bourdain: No ReservationsDeadliest CatchInterventionKathy Griffin: My Life on the D-ListUndercover Boss
Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment and Competition TelevisionThe Amazing RaceThe Colbert ReportProject RunwayReal Time With Bill MaherTop Chef
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