Ben Affleck’s “The Town” got a huge boost to it’s Oscar chances today, with the Producer’s Guild of America including it in its list of the Best Picture nominees. “Inception,” another film believed to be toward the bottom of the Best Picture slotting, was also nominated. The Oscar nominations are compiled by members of the academy. Actors contribute towards the acting category, directors the directing, and so forth. The Best Picture nominations are brought forth by the recipient of the Best Picture award, producers. So this is a great sign. The Guild Awards (Screen Actors, Writing, Directing, and Producing) each year are major portents for Oscar trends.

However, two years ago, “The Dark Knight” was nominated for a PGA and DGA award, only to see the film and Christopher Nolan go unrecognized by the Oscars. So while this is a great step for Affleck, it doesn’t make him a lock. Right now, “The Town” is considered to be one of the films fighting for a last slot in the Best Picture Race. While you’re here, check out Blast! Magazine’s Oscar Preview.

Below find the complete list of nominees:

Best Film

27 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit

Animated Film

Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Earth Made of Glass
Inside Job
Smash His Camera
The Tillman Story
Waiting for “Superman”

TV Comedy
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
The Office

TV Drama
Breaking Bad
Mad Men
True Blood

Long-Form Television
Murder on the Orient Express
Pillars of the Earth
Temple Grandin
The Pacific
You Don’t Know Jack

Non-Fiction TV
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Deadliest Catch
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
Undercover Boss

Live Entertainment and Competition TV
The Amazing Race
The Colbert Report
Project Runway
Real Time With Bill Maher
Top Chef

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Jason Woods is a Blast staff writer

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