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It only took 23 tries, but 007 has finally found his groove. Not only has the latest James Bond flick, Skyfall, become the first in the franchise to pass the $1 billion mark, but the film might also be headed for Oscar glory. In a surprising twist, Skyfall earned a nomination from the Producers Guild for Best Film. It’s the first Bond film to be honored by the PGA in its 24-year history.

Since 2007, five winners of the Producers Guild Awards have gone on to also nab Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Last year, only three films didn’t line up with the Oscar nominees. Bridesmaids, The Ides of March and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo were snubbed by the Academy. The year before that, the PGAs were only off by one with The Town losing a spot to the Academy’s choice of Winter’s Bone. Better dust off that tuxedo Daniel Craig, you might be headed to the big event this year.

The Producers Guild Awards ceremony, which will be produced by Michael De Luca, will take place on Jan. 26. Check out all the films nominated this year below.

check out all the nominees after the jump

Another day, another Oscar precursor. This time it’s the American Film Institute’s turn. Unlike the previous awards, the AFI doesn’t pick one winner. Rather the group of critics, scholars, film artists and those in television pick the Top 10 in both cinema and on the small screen. All ten winners in each respective category will be honored at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Los Angeles.

In the film category, you have your core group of movies dominating early critics awards. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty once again are honored. Joining the Oscar Best Picture race is Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. I believe it’s the first nod the superhero flick has earned at a major Academy Awards precursor.

The biggest snub, IMHO, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. The Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman film recently nabbed Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics. Sadly for them, the film was ignored by the AFI. Check out what else made the AFI’s list of Best 10 films of 2012, along with the cream of the crop on television.

check out the complete list of winners

Let the Oscar race officially begin!!!

Hollywood’s first major Academy Awards precursor just unveiled their picks for the best of the year. The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations honor a wide range of films, including one featuring a bunch of hot male strippers- Magic Mike. Winners will be announced Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. One day before the 2013 Academy Awards.

Leading the pack with five nods each are Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom. The former also scored nods for its lead stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Ever since the film wowed at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Oscar buzz has grown louder. Not to be outdone, Moonrise Kingdom also netted an acting nod- Bruce Willis in the supporting category. Both films’ directors also received recognition, David O. Russell and Wes Anderson respectively.

Their competition in the Best Feature field are Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie and Keep The Lights On. While I loved Silver Linings Playbook, a part of me is rooting for Bernie and Keep The Lights On. Why? Both films purchased ad buys on our site this year. Have to support our customers, right?

Matthew McConaughey may have ranked the lowest in my hottest Magic Mike strippers post, but he’s the only one from the film to score a nomination. In fact, he scored two at this year’s Spirit Awards. A supporting nod for Magic Mike and lead one for Killer Joe. Other notable nominations include Helen Hunt for Sessions and Sam Rockwell for Seven Psychopaths. Check out all the nominees below. Congratulations to everyone and may the odds be ever in your favor.

check out all the nominees after the jump

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