Film Notes: Producers Guild nominates 10 movies for top honor

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Many of the usual cinematic suspects -- along with the James Bond blockbuster, "Skyfall" -- are among the 10 nominees for the top honor from the Producers Guild of America.

The list is seen as a good starting point or match for Academy Award nominees for best picture, due Thursday morning. The PGA winner will be announced Jan. 26 at a Beverly Hills gala.

Nominated for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures are the makers of "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

A separate honor is given for animated movies and those contenders are the producers of "Brave," "Frankenweenie," "ParaNorman," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Wreck-It Ralph."

SAG Awards seat auction

In related news, the SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seat Auction, the second in a trio of online auctions benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, has begun at sagawards.org/auction.

Fans can bid on 135 bleacher seats which will allow them to see nominees and others stroll the red carpet, take photos and request autographs.

Special VIP positioning includes four front-row seats across from the People.com platform, four across from the E! platform and four across from the wall of photographers, among others. The auction closes at 9 p.m. Jan. 13.

Proceeds benefit the SAG Foundation to help sustain its children's literacy programs along with its Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance; video preservation of the creative legacy of performers; scholarships for performers and their children; casting seminars; and related professional workshops.

Slated for Jan. 21-31, the third and final auction will be the SAG Awards' Ceremony Auction, featuring items from this year's nominees and presenters such as autographed scripts and posters, wardrobe and props.

Opportunities to visit sets will also be offered, as will packages and experiences from sponsors and entertainment news outlets. The auctions kicked off with the holiday auction, which has since concluded.

The 19th annual SAG Awards will be shown on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Jan. 27.

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