The second phase of awards season kicked off this morning as the Producers Guild of America announced the nominations for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award. Following suit with the Oscars doubling up on their nominations, the PGA also selected ten finalists as science-fiction had a surprising showing on the list.
Avatar wasn't much of a shock on the list, joining other favorites for a Best Picture nomination - An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Invictus, Precious and Up In The Air. But instead of such presumed contenders like Nine, A Serious Man and commerce-over-quality, The Blind Side, they were replaced by the likes of Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi allegory, District 9, and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. (Congrats to Sasha Stone at Awards Daily for calling those two.) Bringing some long lost hope to those who believed the reboot had a legitimate shot at a nomination when the Academy went up to 10, Star Trek now looks to be back in the running. Or is it?