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Avatar, Star Trek and District 9 lead award shortlist

Avatar is on course to be one of the most successful films ever

Sci-fi movies Avatar, Star Trek and District 9 are leading the best picture chase at the Producer's Guild of America awards.

The group of Hollywood producers also nominated animated film Up and Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Oscar favourites The Hurt Locker, Precious and George Clooney's Up in the Air are also in the running.

An Education and Invictus rounded up the list. The winner will be announced on 24 January.

The nominations are seen as a good forecast for the eventual best picture line-up at the Academy Awards, for which the nominations are announced on 2 February.

Last year's winner Slumdog Millionaire went on to win the Oscar for best picture and the previous year, the Coen brother's No Country For Old Men did the same.

Over the past two decades, 13 PGA winners have gone on to win the Oscar for best picture.

Up, which opened last summer's Cannes Film Festival, has also been nominated for best animation and is up against Coraline, 9, Fantastic Mr Fox and Disney's forthcoming Princess and the Frog.

The BBC's adaptation of Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit has been nominated for the award for long-form television.

It is shortlisted alongside Grey Gardens, Prayers for Bobby, The Prisoner and Taking Chance.

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