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When it comes to tracking the path to Oscar gold, your best bet is always going to be with the guilds (Producers, Directors, Actors, etc). The guilds are made up, for the most part, of voting members of AMPAS, giving them direct impact on how the Oscars might shake out. With that in mind, fans of The Dark Knight were pleased to find out that The Producers Guild of America (PGA) nominated it as one of the five best films of the year, right alongside Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Milk.

Have a look at the full nominations list below:

Producer of the Year Award In Episodic Television – Comedy
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
ENTOURAGE
THE OFFICE
30 ROCK
WEEDS

Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television-Drama:
BOSTON LEGAL
DAMAGES
DEXTER
LOST
MAD MEN

Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television:
DEADLIEST CATCH
FRONTLINE
KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST
60 MINUTES
THIS AMERICAN LIFE

Producer of the Year Award in Live Entertainment and Competition Television:
AMAZING RACE
THE COLBERT REPORT
PROJECT RUNWAY
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
TOP CHEF

Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television:
24: REDEMPTION
BERNARD AND DORIS
JOHN ADAMS
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
RECOUNT

Producer of the Year In Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
MAN ON WIRE
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
TROUBLE THE WATER

Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
BOLT
KUNG FU PANDA
WALL-E

Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
FROST/NIXON
MILK
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

This is a good sign for The Dark Knight’s chances of getting a Best Picture nomination, though I would not be surprised to see a film such as Doubt or Revolutionary Road sneak in when push comes to shove. As well, you all know how I feel about Dexter, Mad Men and Weeds — once again it is great to see them getting continued recognition.


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