Marking a break with the Motion Picture Academy, the Producers Guild of America is sticking with ten nominees for its 2012 Darryl F. Zanuck award for outstanding feature film producer of the year. The 23rd PGA nominations will be announced on January 3 and the Awards show will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton, and will be chaired by Paula Wagner and produced by Michael Manheim. The PGA also added some TV categories covering reality television, sports, news, children’s programming and web series.
The Academy has changed its Oscar nominations voting to a system that will yield between five and ten best picture candidates, depending on how many number one votes are tabulated for any given film (5% are required). The PGA followed the Academy’s lead when it expanded from five to ten nominees; clearly this was a popular movie among its members. The PGA nominations and wins often reflect Academy sentiment, but could be less of a bellwether now. Winners tend to hew close to the Oscars: The Hurt Locker and The King’s Speech both won the top prize at the PGA and the Oscars.
Submission deadlines and other key dates for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards are listed below:
August 26, 2011 Deadline for Notice of Producing Credits Form for Television Series and Specials (All Comedy, Drama, Non-Fiction, Competition and Live/Talk Television Programs. DOES NOT INCLUDE LONG-FORM TELEVISION)
October 10, 2011 Television Series Nomination Polls Open
October 21, 2011 Deadline for Notice of Producing Credits Form for Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
November 7, 2011 Television Series and Specials Nomination Polls Close
November 28, 2011 Deadline for Notice of Producing Credits Form for Long Form Television
December 5, 2011 Theatrical Motion Picture, Animated Theatrical Motion Picture and Long-Form Television Nomination Polls Open
January 2, 2012 Theatrical Motion Picture, Animated Theatrical Motion Picture and Long-Form Television Nomination Polls Close
January 3, 2012 Producers Guild Awards Nominees are Announced for All Other Categories; Final Polls Open
January 20, 2012 Final Polls Close
January 21, 2012 2011 PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS