Producers Guild Nominates Toons

The Producers Guild of America has made its nominations for the best feature films of 2006, placing five productions in the running for the award for best animated feature. Disney/Pixar’s Cars, DreamWorks’ Flushed Away, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s Happy Feet, Fox Animation’s Ice Age: The Meltdown and Sony Pictures’ Monster House will square off when the 18th annual Producers Guild Awards take place on Jan. 20 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

This is only the second year that the PGA has recognized animated features with a dedicated category. DreamWorks Animation’s and Aardman Animations Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit took the first toon award last year before going on to win the Annie and Oscar. In 2004, Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles was up for the PGA’s top film award, being lumped in with such live-action heavy hitters as The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby and Sideways. Martin Scorcese’s Howard Hughes biopic ended up taking the prize.

This year the PGA will fette a visionary from the world of video games for the first time ever when Sims creator Will Wright receives the jurried Vanguard Award. The 2007 PGA Awards will also recognize long-form, episodic drama, episodic comedy, non-fiction and variety television productions. Other nominees are listed at www.producersguild.org.