NEW YORK – My Big Fat Greek Wedding got a big fat Oscar push yesterday from the Producers Guild of America, which named the indie sleeper, which has grossed more than $230 million, as one of six nominees for its Best Picture award.
The PGA also nominated the musical Chicago, believed to be the Academy Award front-runner, as well as the fantasy contender The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers -- but surprisingly snubbed another film with strong Oscar buzz, the drama The Hours.
There were six nominees for the award, instead of the usual five, because two pictures tied for sixth place.
The other nominees, announced at a news conference in Los Angeles by actress Rita Wilson (who produced Greek Wedding with her husband, Tom Hanks) were the historical epic Gangs of New York, the gangster drama Road to Perdition and the comic fantasy Adaptation.
Besides The Hours, the 1,800-member producers group bypassed such Oscar hopefuls as Far From Heaven, the serio-comedy About Schmidt, the Holocaust drama The Pianist and the biopic Antwone Fisher.
The winner of the award, which will be presented on March 2, has gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar nine times in the last 13 years.
Meanwhile, the Directors Guild of America, which will reveal its nominations Tuesday, announced that it would present a lifetime-achievement award to Martin Scorsese, director of Gangs of New York.
The revered director will pick up his prize when the DGA hands out its prizes on March 1.
Other directors who have gotten a lifetime laurel from the DGA include Cecil B. De Mille, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, John Ford and Akira Kurosawa.