More film awards, this time sorta important

17544__queen_lHey kids, guess what? It’s STILL awards season. Thought you were out of the woods now that Dreamgirls finally hit theaters and everyone could see how stunningly not-awesome much of it is? Ha ha you fool.

Anyway, today, the Producer’s Guild of America — sort of like a less-easily-distracted-by-shiny-things Hollywood Foreign Press Association — announced its nominees, placing Babel, The Departed, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Queen (pictured) in the Best Film category. Winners will be announced January 20.

Why should we care extra lots about who wins this sucker? Because the PGA has gotten 11 out of the last 17 Oscar Best Picture winners right. Except for such recent winners as Crash (they went Brokeback). Oh, and Million Dollar Baby (they went Aviator). Have they lost their mojo? Stay tuned.addCredit(“The Queen: Laurie Sparham”)

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  • Josiah

    Ok Whitney Dreamgirls may not all be Stunningly awesome but you cannot deny Jennifer Hudson is Stunningly Awesome in all her scenes….ok, ok i know you are talking about the movie itself but this is just a pre emptive strike in case you were about to go Ugly Betty on my girl! :) She lit every scene up.

  • nathan

    Not only was Dreamgirls not all it was said to be, but neither is Babel, while watching it I just felt like I’d seen it all before.

  • Jp

    Apparently the PGA gets easily bamboozled by Paul Haggis’ craptacular movies. Luckily, he doesn’t appear to be involved with any of the five nominated pictures…

  • Ceballos

    Jp-
    Ummm, I think you misread that because it was the Academy that honored Haggis’ work…the PGA went the other way in both instances mentioned.

  • Rahul

    I find it strange that ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’ wasn’t nominated with all the critics nods and the Globe nominations. And I am, of course, disappointed that ‘United 93′ didn’t make the cut. But what else is new?

  • aramis

    What’s with the ‘Dreamgirls’ hate? Yeah it wasn’t the BEST picture of the year. But it was still good. I hate to go all bandwagony…but J-Hud was SPECTACULAR. I think she deserves the Oscar because she really did SUPPORT the film. Her AND Eddie Murphy.
    And when you can do that in the small roles they had, well the Academy only has two words for them. 1)Judi 2)Dench. They gave her an Oscar for 8 minutes of screen time. But it was such a supportive and AWESOME 8 minutes that it carried the “craptacular” movie (I love that word by the way) and hence, Oscar followed.

  • Stephanie

    Ummmmmm…I loved every last minute of Dreamgirls. BOTH times I saw it (and am planning to see it again). Put down your haterade!

  • Bob

    DREAMGIRLS WAS THE BEST PIC OF THE YEAR
    STOP HATIN YOU KNOW YOU LOVE IT

  • Telly B

    I saw Dreamgirls today and I think it’s absolutely one of the year’s best…easily the best crowd-pleaser of the year and hugely successful as an exhilaratingly well-crafted piece of pop entertainment.
    In other words, I loved this film.

  • Laura

    In my opinion, The Painted Veil was the Best Picture of the Year. It was gorgeous, haunting, poignant, emotional, romantic, powerful, with great acting and writing and production values – basically, everything you’d want in a Best Picture. It was fantastic.
    I can’t understand why Warner hasn’t been promoting this movie – it seems like they didn’t even show it to critics until recently! It’s inexplicable. A huge, huge, shame and waste. Hopefully, the Academy Members will actually watch this movie before they make their nominations.

  • Benny

    I cannot believe they nominated the WORST BLOODY MOVIE of the year… Little Miss Sunshine. It sucked so bad it blew out the back of its head. WORST.

  • bo

    You EW writers sure do get a kick out of writing “shocking” crap just to get attention. Now Dreamgirls is “not awesome?” Please get Whitney off of whatever strain of crack she’s smoking this week, cause there’s no way anyone in their right mind can say something so stupid.

  • Mozz

    Thank you, thank you, for saying it. Yes, Dreamgirls was fun, but some of it, and most of the second hour were not best picture Material. They obviously left out a much better movie to include this one. (Jennifer Hudson is the only one deserving of anything.) But it’s nice to be nominated, especially when you are sorrounded with one of the winners. I am torn between THE DEPARTED and THE QUEEN.

  • jay

    I love you whitney for pointing out the (obvious) fact that Dreamgirls wasn’t that great. plus, you make me laugh. so double points today.

  • Dana

    I congratulate Dreamgirls on this nomination, it was deserved, not well deserved, it was half deserved, the 1st hour of the film deserves any nominations it can get, but the second hour of the film robs it of any wins. So enjoy the nominations 1st hour of Dreamgirls, cause that deadly dull second hour; is gonna keep you from the winners circle.
    Speaking of movies that are complete packages all around these were sorta snubbed: Pan’s Labyrinth, Children of Men, Letters from Iwo Jimma, Little Children and United 93.

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