One day after winning Golden Globe awards for best picture, "Atonement" and "Sweeney Todd" both failed to make the Producers Guild of America shortlist.
Instead, the candidates for the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award are the teams behind "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Juno," "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood."
Miramax has a hand in three of the films, splitting two -- "No Country" and "Blood" -- with Paramount Vantage.
The five PGA candidates may not have earned the big Golden Globes -- though "No Country" and "Diving Bell" earned two apiece and "Blood" took best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis -- but they're among the most decorated in this guild season. All five films saw their screenwriters pick up WGA nods, while only "Juno" was left out of the DGA field (with Sean Penn of "Into the Wild" taking the place of "Juno" helmer Jason Reitman).
The Producers Guild is working on a three-year out-of-synch streak with the best picture Oscar winner, picking "Little Miss Sunshine," "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Aviator" rather than "The Departed," "Crash" and "Million Dollar Baby."
The PGA also announced that "Bee Movie," "Ratatouille" and "The Simpsons Movie" will face off for animated theatrical motion picture. In the documentary category, Michael Moore's "Sicko" will do battle with "Body of War," "Hear and Now," "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" and "White Light/ Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
The PGA winners will be announced on Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun