The Help and The Artist to fight for Producers Guild of America’s top prize

The quartet of films have been joined by Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, Bridesmaids, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Ides of March on the shortlist for the coveted Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion.

Meanwhile, The Adventures of Tintin, Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and Oscars favourite Rango will battle it out for the animated honour.

And the producers of 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family and Parks & Recreation scored mentions for The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television (Comedy) and bosses at Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Mad Men will duke it out for the The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television (Drama).

The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 21 January (12).