“Lincoln,” “American Horror Story,” get Producers Guild Noms
Groundbreaking horror/slasher TV series “American Horror Story,” a franchise created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, joins the ranks of “Lincoln,” musical “Les Miserables” and Kathyrn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” in earning Producers Guild Award nominations Wednesday, as the Hollywood awards season kicks off.
“American Horror Story: Asylum”, presently airing on FX, is the second in a set of anthology series, each season acting as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters as they struggle to overcome spiritual and supernatural demons. Heavy doses of sadism and gripping performances by all-stars Jessica Lange, Joseph Feinnes, James Cromwell and Sarah Paulson keep these fantastical stories grounded and set the series apart from similar fare, such as Eric Kripke’s perennial slasher favorite, “Supernatural.”
Ben Affleck and George Clooney, two of the producers behind Affleck’s Iran hostage drama “Argo,” and the team that brought Quentin Tarantino’s bloody spaghetti-slavery-Western “Django Unchained” to the screen also won nods from the Producers Guild of America.
The critically acclaimed James Bond blockbuster “Skyfall,” which last weekend surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, got a big boost to its Oscar hopes when producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson were included.
They joined an eclectic list that featured Ang Lee’s visually stunning meditation, “Life of Pi,” and quirky comedy “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” and award season favorite indie film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” rounded out the feature film nominations.
The Producers Guild Awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 26 and will be a key indication of Hollywood sentiment ahead of the Oscars on February 24.
Many of the PGA-nominated movies are expected to feature strongly on the list of Oscar nominations when those are announced on January 10. Eight of the movies are also in the running for best picture Golden Globe trophies on January 13.
“The Hobbit” from director Peter Jackson, “The Master” with Philip Seymour Hoffman and “The Dark Knight Rises” failed to make the cut.
The PGA nominated the producers of five films for its animated movie honors – Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie,” Disney family films “Wreck-it-Ralph” and “Brave,” and “ParaNorman” and “Rise of the Guardians.”
The PGA also named its picks for producers of television movies and miniseries. Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” the team behind HBO film “Game Change” about Sarah Palin’s 2008 vice presidential bid, and Britain’s modern twist on detective Sherlock Holmes “Sherlock” were among the five making the cut.
They were joined by “Hatfields & McCoys,” about a legendary family feud starring Kevin Costner who was also one of the producers, and the PBS chronicle of the 1930s drought “The Dust Bowl.”