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In a wide-open year, Hollywood folk are looking for Oscar omens, and today’s nominations from the Producers Guild of America offer double reason to celebrate: Aside from the honor of being recognized by the guild, these noms have been a good gauge of the Academy Awards, both in nominations and winners.

However, amid all the Oscar concerns, two contenders seem likely to get disproportionate attention, especially in Internet discussions: Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and, in a category that rarely draws the spotlight, nonfiction TV: The PGA’s five contenders include A&E’s hot-button show “Duck Dynasty.”

When Oscar switched to 10 best-pic contenders for 2009 films, the PGA did the same. But when the Academy amended that to the variable five-to-10 in 2011, Producers Guild stuck with 10, meaning that for the past two years, some PGA contenders didn’t make the cut with Oscar (which ended up »


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