Thursday, January 18, 2018

'War Horse' gets leg up for Oscars

LOS ANGELES — The historical epic War Horse, the Deep South drama The Help, the silent film The Artist and the wedding comedy Bridesmaids are in the running for top honors from the Producers Guild of America.

Also nominated Tuesday for the guild's big film prize are two George Clooney tales: the family drama The Descendants and the political saga The Ides of March. Two Paris stories made the cut, the family adventure Hugo and the romantic fantasy Midnight in Paris.

Rounding out the 10 nominees are the thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the sports tale Moneyball.

Animated contenders for the Jan. 21 awards are The Adventures of Tintin, Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and Rango.

Along with honors from other Hollywood professional groups such as actors, directors and writers guilds, the producer prizes help sort out contenders for the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 24.

The Producers Guild field represents a heavy-hitting lineup of Oscar winners and nominees, including Steven Spielberg (War Horse and Tintin), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), David Fincher (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Alexander Payne (The Descendants) and Bennett Miller (Moneyball).

Besides starring in The Descendants, Clooney multi-tasked on Ides of March, directing, producing, co-starring and co-writing.

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