Guild's pick may give 'Bridesmaids' an Oscar shot

Order another corsage for "Bridesmaids," because it's going to the Producers Guild of America party.

That organization announced this week that it had chosen that comedy as one of its 10 best film nominees of the year, possibly advancing its standing with the Academy Awards voters on the road to the Oscars.

"The Ides of March," George Clooney's political thriller, also got a nod from the producers, another boost for that film following several Golden Globe nominations. "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," which so far has been a longer shot, according to many Academy Awards watchers, made the list too. The other films the Producers Guild chose are the expected bunch: "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Moneyball," "Midnight in Paris," "Hugo" and "War Horse."

Left off the list was artier fare like Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," the winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in May, and "Melancholia," an end-of-the-world drama by Lars von Trier; high-wattage projects like Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," and blockbuster franchises like "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the final installment of the series. (The winners will be announced on Jan. 21.)

The guild has traditionally been a good harbinger of Oscar best picture winners. In 2010 it presaged the Oscar triumph of "The Hurt Locker," picking it as the top film and surprising many who thought it would reward the bigger box office of "Avatar." Last year the guild foreshadowed the Academy too, selecting "The King's Speech."

The Producers Guild has chosen four of the last five Oscar best picture winners. But this year may be a different story since the producers chose 10 nominees, while Academy members may nominate from five to 10 films for best picture. With the producers behind it, and a critical best ensemble nomination from the Screen Actors Guild, "Bridesmaids," directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel and Clayton Townsend, may have a good shot at the Oscar list, since actors make up the biggest branch of the Academy.