The Producers Guild of America has announced its 10 nominees for Best Picture of the Year, and along with expected contenders like The Artist, War Horse, The Descendants, The Help, and Hugo were two minor surprises: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Ides of March. Left off the list, meanwhile, were Drive, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and most interestingly, The Tree of Life. That polarizing film, which has done well in the critics awards so far, clearly takes the biggest hit in the overall Oscar race and is no longer a sure thing for a Best Picture nomination.

Last year, the PGA honorees matched the eventual Best Picture nominees nine for 10, but this year it may not be as easy to compare the two — the Academy’s new voting rules dictate that there will be somewhere between five and 10 Best Picture nominees this go-round, depending on how many films receive at least 5 percent of the overall No. 1 votes. The PGA awards will take place on Jan. 21; all the nominees are listed below.

Best Picture

The Artist


The Descendants

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Help


The Ides of March

Midnight in Paris


War Horse

Best Animated Film

The Adventures of Tintin

Cars 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots


Best Documentary

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Bill Cunningham New York

Project Nim


The Union

Long-form Television

Cinema Verite

Downton Abbey

The Kennedys

Mildred Pierce

Too Big to Fail

TV Comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory


Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

TV Drama

Boardwalk Empire


Game of Thrones

The Good Wife

Mad Men

Live Entertainment & Talk

The Colbert Report

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Real Time with Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

The 64th Annual Tony Awards

Competition Television

The Amazing Race

American Idol

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

Top Chef

Non-Fiction TV

30 for 30

American Masters

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Deadliest Catch

Undercover Boss

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