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'La La Land,' 'Moonlight,' 'Deadpool' among PGA nominees

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/10/2017
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Ryan Reyonlds in a scene from the film, "Deadpool." The Producers Guild of America has nominated awards season favorites “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” for its top award, as well as the R-rated superhero film “Deadpool.” Winners will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Ryan Reyonlds in a scene from the film, "Deadpool." The Producers Guild of America has nominated awards season favorites “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” for its top award, as well as the R-rated superhero film “Deadpool.” Winners will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar favorites "La La Land," ''Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea" were nominated by the Producers Guild of America for its top award on Tuesday. But the snarky, expletive-spewing superhero of "Deadpool" continued his unlikely awards season campaign.

This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Casey Affleck in a scene from "Manchester By The Sea." The Producers Guild of America has nominated awards season favorites “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” for its top award, as well as the R-rated superhero film “Deadpool.” Winners will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Claire Folger/Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Casey Affleck in a scene from "Manchester By The Sea." The Producers Guild of America has nominated awards season favorites “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” for its top award, as well as the R-rated superhero film “Deadpool.” Winners will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Claire Folger/Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios via AP)

The guild's 10 nominees for its best picture honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, also included "Arrival," ''Fences," ''Hacksaw Ridge," ''Hell or High Water," ''Hidden Figures" and "Lion." It was a largely expected bunch plus the surprising inclusion of "Deadpool."

This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land." The Producers Guild of America has nominated awards season favorites “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” for its top award, as well as the R-rated superhero film “Deadpool.” Winners will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land." The Producers Guild of America has nominated awards season favorites “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” for its top award, as well as the R-rated superhero film “Deadpool.” Winners will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)

But the R-rated "X-Men" spinoff has now run up a slew of nominations, proving the industry has considerable admiration for the comic-book hit. It last week landed a nomination for best adapted screenplay the Writers Guild, and it was twice nominated by the Golden Globes.

This image released by A24 shows Alex Hibbert, foreground, and Mahershala Ali in a scene from the film, "Moonlight." The Producers Guild of America has nominated awards season favorites “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” for its top award, as well as the R-rated superhero film “Deadpool.” Winners will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by A24 shows Alex Hibbert, foreground, and Mahershala Ali in a scene from the film, "Moonlight." The Producers Guild of America has nominated awards season favorites “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” for its top award, as well as the R-rated superhero film “Deadpool.” Winners will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP)

PGA nominees have historically been a good predictor for which films will receive Academy Award nominations for best picture. And for seven consecutive years up to last year, the PGA's top prize matched (in one case with a tie) the academy's top honor. Last year, however, the PGA chose "The Big Short," while "Spotlight" won the Oscar. The Producers' Guild uses the same preferential balloting system that the Academy of Motion Pictures employs.

The producers also nominated five films for best animated movie: "Finding Dory," ''Kubo and the Two Strings," ''Moana," ''The Secret Life of Pets" and "Zootopia."

Winner will be announced in a Jan. 28 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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