In what could be a portent of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominations, the Producers Guild of America on Wednesday chose Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck, Crash and Walk the Line as contenders for its top honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award.
The Writers Guild also nominated the same films (with the exception of the Johnny Cash bio, Walk the Line) for its screenplay honors, in both the original and adapted script divisions, as well as Cinderella Man, The Constant Gardener, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, A History of Violence, The Squid and the Whale and Syriana.
The Producers Guild is slated to hand out its awards on Jan. 22, while the Writers Guild giveaway will be Feb. 4, the Associated Press reports.
Oscar nominations, meanwhile, will be announced on Jan. 31.
Blatantly shut out of the Producers Guild race were such hits as Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and King Kong. The Writers Guild surprisingly snubbed Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Woody Allen’s Match Point.
In the documentary division, the Writers Guild nominated Cowboy Del Amor, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, The Fall of Fujimori, Street Fight and the critical and commercial hit March of the Penguins.
Thursday morning will bring the nominations from the Screen Actors Guild for the best performances of last year, on both the large and small screen.