In a surprise move, the Producers Guild of America has nominated the Disney/Pixar CG hit, The Incredibles, as one of the top five films of 2004. The film is the only animated entry invited to the 2005 PGA Awards, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Culver Studios in Culver City, Calif. The kudo fest will also honor DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg.
The Incredibles, produced by John Walker and exec produced by John Lasseter, is up against some heavy live-action competition for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award. The other theatrical contenders are The Aviator and Finding Neverland from Miramax Films, Million Dollar Baby from Warner Bros. and critical favorite Sideways from Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The inclusion of The Incredibles in this year’s short list is a sign that animation is finally getting some long overdue respect in the industry. Last year, the PGA chose the CG-laden The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as the top film. In addition, the 2005 ceremony will see Jeffrey Katzenberg receive the Milestone Award for his work in shepherding such animated blockbusters as Shrek, Shrek 2 and Shark Tale.
The 2005 PGA Awards will also fete long-form, episodic drama, episodic comedy, non-fiction and variety television productions. To see the full list of nomnees, go to www.producersguild.org/pg/awards_a/.