Dark Knight vies for Producers Guild best picture

LOS ANGELES – The Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” slighted in earlier Hollywood honors, was among best-picture nominees Monday for the Producers Guild of America Awards.

Other best-picture nominees were Brad Pitt’s romantic fantasy “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Ron Howard’s Richard Nixon saga “Frost/Nixon,” Sean Penn’s Harvey Milk film biography “Milk” and Danny Boyle’s rags-to-riches tale “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster in a decade and one of the year’s most-acclaimed films, “The Dark Knight” missed out on a best-picture slot for Sunday’s Golden Globes and was overlooked for an ensemble cast nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Producers Guild lineup generally is a close match of best-picture nominees for the Academy Awards. The guild picks could give “The Dark Knight” and other contenders a last-minute nudge for the Oscars, whose nomination balloting closes Jan. 12. Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 22.[Continue Reading...]

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