The 2012 Producer's Guild of America Awards are approaching, celebrating both Theatrical Motion Pictures and Long-Form Television with a new batch of nominees that the PGA has just released. Many of the films are no surprise—crossovers with the upcoming Golden Globes nominees abound. For theatrical motion picture include The Artist, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris; nominees for animated theatrical motion picture include Rango and The Adventures of Tintin.
The television nominees also offer some unsurprising names, including Mildred Pierce, Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation, Boardwalk Empire,Game of Thrones, Mad Men and The Colbert Report.
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Producer: Thomas Langmann
Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend
Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin
Producers: Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green
Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese
THE IDES OF MARCH
Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
Producers: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Producer: Denise Ream
KUNG FU PANDA 2
Producer: Melissa Cobb
PUSS IN BOOTS
Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou
Producers: John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
Producers: Michael Rapaport, Edward Parks (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
Producer: Philip Gefter
Producer: Simon Chinn
Producer: James Gay-Rees
Producers: Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek
The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television (Movies of the Week and Miniseries)
CINEMA VERITE (HBO)
Producers: Zanne Devine, Karyn McCarthy
DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Producers: Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame
THE KENNEDYS (ReelzChannel)
Producers: Jon Cassar, Jonathan Koch, Stephen Kronish, Steve Michaels, Michael Prupas, Jamie Paul Rock, Joel Surnow
MILDRED PIERCE (HBO)
Producers: Todd Haynes, Pamela Koffler, Ilene S. Landress, Christine Vachon
TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO)
Producers: Carol Fenelon, Jeffrey Levine, Paula Weinstein
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
30 ROCK (NBC)
Producers: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer, Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Jeff Richmond, John Riggi, Don Scardino
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
Producers: Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Faye Oshima, Bill Prady
Producers: Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Kenneth Silverstein
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
Producers: Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Jeffrey Richman, Dan O’Shannon, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker
PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC)
Producers: Greg Daniels, Dan Goor, Howard Klein, Amy Poehler, Morgan Sackett, Michael Schur
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
Producers: Eugene Kelly, Howard Korder, Stephen Levinson, Martin Scorsese, Rudd Simmons, Tim Van Patten, Terence Winter
Producers: Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn, Chip Johannessen, Robert Lloyd Lewis
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
Producers: David Benioff, Frank Doelger, Mark Huffam, Carolyn Strauss, D.B. Weiss
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
Producers: Brooke Kennedy, Michelle King, Robert King, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker
MAD MEN (AMC)
Producers: Jonathan Abrahams, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Blake McCormick, Dwayne Shattuck, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television
THE COLBERT REPORT (Comedy Central)
Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW (Syndicated)
Producers: Mary Connelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Geiger Schrift, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin A. Leman II, Jonathan Norman, Derek Westervelt
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (HBO)
Producers: Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
Producers: Ken Aymong, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney
THE 64TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (CBS)
Producers: Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
THE AMAZING RACE (CBS)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo
AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
Producers: Charles Boyd, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon Fuller, Patrick Lynn, Nigel Lythgoe, Megan Michaels, Ken Warwick
DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
Producers: Ashley Edens Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur, Rob Wade
PROJECT RUNWAY (Lifetime)
Producers: Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Colleen Sands
TOP CHEF (Bravo)
Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Dan Murphy, Nan Strait
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
30 FOR 30 (ESPN)
Producers: John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons
AMERICAN MASTERS (PBS)
Producers: Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks
ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS (Travel Channel)
Producers: Christopher Collins, Julie Lei, Lydia Tenaglia, Tom Vitale
DEADLIEST CATCH (Discovery Channel)
Producers: Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, John Gray, Sheila McCormack, Ethan Prochnik, Bill Pruitt, Matt Renner
UNDERCOVER BOSS (CBS)
Producers: Chris Carlson, Susan Hoenig, Eli Holzman, Sandi Johnson, Stephen Lambert, Allison Schermerhorn
ANDERSON COOPER 360º (CNN)
BBC WORLD NEWS AMERICA (BBC)
NBC NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS (NBC)
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW (MSNBC)
60 MINUTES (CBS)
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ESPN)
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL (HBO)
SPORTS CENTER (ESPN)
30 FOR 30 (ESPN)
2010 FIFA WORLD CUP (ABC / ESPN / ESPN2)
U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP (CBS / ESPN2 / Tennis Channel)
DORA THE EXPLORER (Nickelodeon)
PHINEAS AND FERB (Disney Channel)
SESAME STREET (PBS)
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (Nickelodeon)
ASK A NINJA (blip.tv)
THE GUILD (WatchTheGuild.com)
PARKS AND RECREATION PRESENTS: "APRIL AND ANDY'S ROAD TRIP" (NBC.com)
30 ROCK PRESENTS JACK DONAGHY, EXECUTIVE SUPERHERO (NBC.com)
WEB THERAPY (LStudio.com)
*These programs were not vetted for producer eligibility this year but winners in these categories will be announced at the official ceremony on January 21st.
Source: Producer's Guild
Rango marks Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski's first foray into animated features and his fourth collaboration with Johnny Depp, who lends his voice to the film's title character, a chameleon in the midst of an identity crisis. It's an idea Verbinski's been developing since he finished the first Pirates film, in 2003, and it's inspired at least in part by the chameleon-like actor whose second, megastar career phase he helped launch.
In a recent interview, I spoke with Verbinski about his ambitious and thoroughly unconventional animated western:
How exactly did Rango originate?
In 2003 I had a meeting with [Rango producers] David Shannon and John Carls and we talked about doing an animated western with creatures of the desert. I wrote up a 12-page outline that had to do with a chameleon coming in as an outsider from an aquatic species. It had the basic beats of the entire narrative. And then I went off to make two more Pirates movies. I came back and said I wanna do this now … we worked for 16 months, without studio affiliation, at a little house in the hills above Pasadena. It was really small, and just joyous. We had a microphone, a Macintosh, and a couple guitars. We built storyboards and worked on character design and the whole thing started to take shape. Then we did a 20-day record with the actors and then a year and a half with ILM.
In previous interviews you've described your star, Johnny Depp, as "lizard-like." Did you always have him in mind for the role?
Yes, I think, from the beginning. When I first started to write the 12-page outline, I told Johnny about it. We’d finished the first Pirates film and I said, “I think I want to do this animated movie about this chameleon with an identity crisis and it’s a western.” And he just said, “I’ll do that.” We had sort of always talked about how Jack [Sparrow] has very lizard-like qualities – his lizard eyes, how he runs with his arms out, and so on. But also, I think, as the discussion became more real, [we talked about] the concept of hey, you have a little bit of Jack Sparrow, a little bit of Ed Wood, a little bit of Scissorhands, a little bit of all these characters in you. There’s not a lot of room left. If those guys are all taking up a piece of who you are, who’s left? And there was this little flicker on Johnny’s face, and I knew that’s the moment we’re after with this film. That’s his existential crisis: I could be anything, but who am I? And that’s really the journey. We always felt like that’s the film.
Part of the appeal of casting someone like Depp in a film is the spontaneity that he brings to each scene. Animated films are so precisely engineered -- right down to forming lines of dialogue with words pulled from several different takes -- how do you translate that spontaneity from the live-action to the digital realm?
We did a tremendous amount of that [dialogue editing]. Even though we got everybody in the room with the purpose of “let’s get something immediate, let’s get something raw and primitive, let’s encourage line overlap, let’s get a reaction.” We have all these great actors; I don’t want to just hear their voices – I want them to perform. Why give up the technique of using live-action just because it’s animated? I didn’t want to throw that in the trash. There are some gifts that occur in that chaos that you get.
I would think it's one of the primary gifts.
Yeah. Working with just one actor in a booth, you’re imagining the other performance you’re going to get later in the other recording. You don’t see them together. You don’t see that that person’s reacted to what this other person did, or that this person’s interrupting. You get much more of an intuitive response, you know? Nothing’s intuitive about this process; everything’s iterations … but still, even with all of that, we still did a tremendous amount of dialogue editing.
Rango is different from other mainstream animated releases in a number of ways. It's certainly the only one I know of that heavily references Chinatown. How did that evolve?
Well, that just came out of a need for a plot. We [started with] this journey, this quest for identity. What’s the currency? What’s the belief system of this town? How can this be singular and not just a traditional western town? The currency could be hydration. Out of that we know that we wanted … I’m a fan of the sort of post-modern western – the myths are dying, the train’s coming, there’s no place for the gunslinger anymore. I was a fan of the genre more through Leone and Peckinpah than through John Ford originally, when I was a kid, so that may have skewed my understanding. Out of all that you kind of go, well, who’s taken the water? And immediately, you're basically going the Chinatown way.
You're about to partner with Depp on an update of The Lone Ranger. I was surprised to notice on a few message boards that some commenters resented the casting of Depp as Tonto, on the grounds that Depp, who is part Cherokee, isn't sufficiently Native American to play the role. I was wondering if you were aware of the criticism and what you made of it.
I’m not familiar with those criticisms. For me, the only version of The Lone Ranger that I’m interested in doing is sort of a … I guess the nearest model I can think of is Don Quixote told from Sancho Panza’s point of view. We’ve all heard the story of the Lone Ranger, but we’ve never heard it from Tonto’s perspective. And that’s what makes it enjoyable to me, reinventing the legend. I don’t see it as earnest, the piece. I see it as quite absurd.
Rango opens everywhere Friday, March 4, 2011.