Last year, “The Artist” won the Producers Guild Award for best motion picture before winning the Oscar. So, whoever wins this year could be on the fast track. This year the nominees are:

Argo – Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
Django Unchained – Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher
Les Misérables – Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi – Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
Lincoln – Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Moonrise Kingdom – Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales
Silver Linings Playbook – Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon
Skyfall – Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
Zero Dark Thirty – Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

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