Two of the top three guilds to keep an eye on announced their nominees this week. Producers and Writers alike listed their favorites of 2010 - or, at least, the ones that were not disqualified from contention. Not a whole lot of surprises from the Producers' side of things. With 'Winter's Bone'being left off their list of ten, the chances for a Best Picture nomination increased for many of the usual suspects including '127 Hours,''Black Swan,''The Fighter,''Inception,''The Kids Are All Right,''The King's Speech,''The Social Network,''Toy Story 3' and 'True Grit' and boosting the chances for Ben Affleck's 'The Town.'
Last year in their first opportunity to outdo the Broadcast Film Critics Association's yearly prediction-laden selection of ten nominees, the PGA came up in a draw revealing eight of the eventual ten Best Picture nominees. Their 'District 9' & 'Star Trek' replaced the BFCA's early-bird pick of 'Nine' when people were still speculating it as a contender. (Both missed with Clint Eastwood's 'Invictus'.) This year, the quick look at the PGA selections suggest they may do themselves one better. General consensus says that they probably have at least nine of the ten in the bag. Whether it will be '127 Hours', 'The Kids Are All Right' or 'The Town' to fall off in favor of 'Winter's Bone' or something else (if at all) is anyone's guess. Which brings us to the WGA.