Producers Guild nominates ''Chicago,'' ''Sopranos.'' Miramax, HBO lead the list of movie and TV honorees

By Gary Susman
Updated January 17, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

The Producers Guild of America’s awards, which have predicted the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner in nine out of 13 years of existence, went for big and splashy in nominating this year’s slate. The movie nominees are ”Adaptation,” ”Chicago,” ”Gangs of New York,” ”My Big Fat Greek Wedding, ”Road to Perdition,” and ”The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” It’s the first time the PGA has nominated six movies instead of five.

”Adaptation” aside, the PGA choices are generally crowd-pleasers and moneymakers. Left off the list were such harder-to-sell movies as ”Far From Heaven,” ”The Hours,” ”About Schmidt,” and ”The Pianist,” which have been the front-runners among critics groups and Golden Globes nominees.

Like the Globes, which will be awarded Sunday, the PGA also honors TV programming. If Miramax (the studio behind ”Chicago” and ”Gangs”) led the movie nominees, HBO led the TV nominees, scoring nine of the 20 available nominations, including at least one in each category. Nominated dramas were ”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” ”Six Feet Under,” ”The Sopranos,” ”24,” and ”The West Wing.” Comedy citations went to ”Curb Your Enthusiasm,” ”Everybody Loves Raymond,” ”Malcolm in the Middle,” ”Sex and the City,” and ”Will & Grace.”

HBO scored four of the five made-for-TV movie nominations, for ”Live From Baghdad,” ”Path to War,” ”The Gathering Storm,” and ”The Laramie Project” (the fifth went to A&E’s ”Shackleton”). The PGA added a new category this year for reality and nonfiction TV, nominating ”American Idol,” ”Biography,” ”Frontline,” ”The Osbournes,” and ”Project Greenlight.”

Nominees are selected by the guild’s 1,800 members. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on March 2 at Los Angeles’ Century Plaza Hotel.