Brokeback Mountain, Capote among WGA, PGA nominees

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January 05 2006 12:00 AM ET

Brokeback Mountain; Capote; Good Night, and Good
Luck
; and Crash were among best-of-2005
nominees announced Wednesday by guilds representing
Hollywood producers and writers. The Producers Guild
of America chose the four films, along with the Johnny
Cash film biography Walk the Line, as
contenders for its top honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck producer
of the year award.

The ensemble
drama Crash and the Edward R. Murrow story
Good Night, and Good Luck were nominated by
the Writers Guild of America for the year's best original
screenplay. The other contenders are the boxing flick
Cinderella Man, the sex comedy The 40-Year-Old
Virgin
, and the divorce drama The Squid and the
Whale
. The Writers Guild nominated the cowboy
romance Brokeback Mountain and the Truman
Capote biopic Capote for best adapted screenplay,
along with the political thriller The Constant
Gardener
, the mobster tale A History of
Violence
, and the oil industry saga
Syriana.

The nominations
continue an awards-season trend favoring intimate,
independent stories over big-studio productions. While the
Writers Guild often nominates such smaller pictures,
the Producers Guild tends to embrace splashier movies,
including recent winners The Aviator, The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King
, and
Chicago. This time around, the Producers Guild
overlooked such blockbusters as Star Wars: Episode
III—Revenge of the Sith, The Chronicles of
Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
, and
King Kong.

Independent
movies dominate the lineup for the Golden Globes on January
16, where Brokeback Mountain leads contenders
with seven nominations. For the first time, all five films
nominated for best drama at the Golden Globes were
made for under $30 million. Studios did rule the
Producers Guild choices for best animated film. The
nominees: Chicken Little, Madagascar, Robots, Tim
Burton's Corpse Bride
, and Wallace &
Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
.

Wednesday's
nominations came a day before Hollywood's most prominent
trade groups, the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors
Guild of America, were to announce their nominees for
2005's best film achievements. The flurry of guild
picks are the last major film nominations before Academy
Awards nominees are announced January 31. The Producers
Guild presents its awards January 22, while the
Writers Guild honors will be handed out February 4. On
Tuesday, the Writers Guild announced its documentary
nominees, which included the runaway hit March of
the Penguins
. Other documentary contenders are
Cowboy Del Amor, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the
Room, The Fall of Fujimori
, and Street
Fight
. (David Germain, AP)

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