Femme-powered raunch-com Bridesmaids among Hollywood producers’ list of best picture nominees

The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball and War Horse – there you have the ten nominees for 2011’s best picture, announced by the Producers Guild of America on Tuesday. Most of this batch were to be expected – the Golden Globe nominations, the Screen Actors Guild nominations, and many of the key critics groups have already given pics like The Artist, The Descendants and The Help big momentum as the Oscar’s annual nominating ritual approaches. But Bridesmaids, the R-for-raunch hit comedy, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher's intense thriller adapted from the Stieg Larsson bestseller, both come as something of a surprise.   

The influential Hollywood guild’s annual nominations – its members only vote for best picture, no other category – have traditionally lined up squarely with the Academy’s best picture choices, so consider this list is a good bellwether. (About 80% of PGA nominations go on to receive Oscar nods for best picture, and fifteen of the 22 PGA winners over the years have also won the best picture Academy Award, including the last four years’ titles: The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire and No Country for Old Men.

The PGA announces its winner on Jan. 21. Academy Award nominations are announced three days later, on Jan. 24, and the Oscar telecast is set for February 26.