LOS ANGELES – The Civil War saga Lincoln, the musical Les Misérables and the Osama bin Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty are among the nominees announced Wednesday for the top honor from the Producers Guild of America.
Other best-picture contenders are the Iran hostage-crisis thriller Argo; the low-budget critical favorite Beasts of the Southern Wild; the slave-turned-bounty-hunter saga Django Unchained; the shipwreck story Life of Pi; the first-love tale Moonrise Kingdom; the lost-souls romance Silver Linings Playbook; and the James Bond adventure Skyfall.
Walt Disney dominated the guilds animation category with three of the five nominees: Brave, Frankenweenie and Wreck-It Ralph. The other nominees are Focus Features ParaNorman and Paramounts Rise of the Guardians.
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. Those nominations come out Jan. 10.
The guild, an association of Hollywood producers, hands out its 24th annual prizes Jan. 26. The big winner often goes on to claim the best-picture honor at the Oscars, which follow on Feb. 24.
Previously announced nominees by the Producers Guild for best documentary are A People Uncounted, The Gatekeepers, The Island President, The Other Dream Team and Searching for Sugar Man.
TV drama series: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men.
TV comedy series: 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie, Modern Family.
Long-form television: American Horror Story, The Dust Bowl, Game Change, Hatfields & McCoys, Sherlock.
Non-fiction television: American Masters, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Deadliest Catch, Inside the Actors Studio, Shark Tank.
Live entertainment and talk television: The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Real Time with Bill Maher, Saturday Night Live.
Competition television: The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef, The Voice.
Sports program: 24/7, Catching Hell, The Fight with Jim Lampley, On Freddie Roach, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
Childrens program: Good Luck Charlie, iCarly, Phineas and Ferb, Sesame Street, The Weight of the Nation for Kids: The Great Cafeteria Takeover.