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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) nominees for the 25th PGA Awards have landed. They are are closely watched as harbingers of strength and weakness for the Oscars. The producers added ten feature nominees four years ago after the Oscars did; they're sticking to it, while the Oscars are still tinkering with trying to make their selection process fair. (Here's how the Oscar Best Picture selection works.) The surprise strong contenders are Focus Features' low-budget pickup "Dallas Buyers Club" and Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" (Sony Pictures Classics). And if we were worried about Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," it is still in the running although the controversy about glorifying its anti-heroes has hit since PGA ballots closed.  It's a good news bad news day for producer Scott Rudin: on the nominations list is "Captain Phillips," but left off is the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis. »

- Anne Thompson

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