PGA nods for "Lincoln," "Les Mis" and "Zero Dark Thirty"

A graduate of Juilliard, Jessica Chastain burst onto the film scene in 2011 with a flurry of features which -- owing to the viscissitudes of release schedules -- hit movie screens all at once: Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," Al Pacino's "Wilde Salome," "Take Shelter," "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "Texas Killing Fields," and "The Help," for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Chastain told the Hollywood Reporter that, while shooting scenes in which she witnessed torture, she had to go against everything she had learned as an actress. "I'm playing a character that's been trained to be unemotional and analytically precise. My whole life, I've been trained to be emotional," she said. "During those scenes, anything I felt -- it was like wearing a straitjacket."
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LOS ANGELES The Civil War saga "Lincoln," the musical "Les Miserables" and the Osama bin Laden thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" continue to rack up award nominations.

On Wednesday, they were among the 10 nominees for the top honor from the Producers Guild of America. The PGA prizes are considered a bellwether for the Oscars as the top winner often goes on to claim best picture honors at the Academy Awards ceremony, which caps the movie awards season.

Other PGA contenders announced Wednesday are the Iran hostage-crisis thriller "Argo"; the low-budget critical favorite "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; the slave-turned-bounty-hunter saga "Django Unchained"; the shipwreck story "Life of Pi"; the first-love tale "Moonrise Kingdom"; the lost-souls romance "Silver Linings Playbook"; and the James Bond adventure "Skyfall."

Documentary nominees, announced earlier this season are "A People Uncounted"; "The Gatekeepers"; "The Island President"; "The Other Dream Team"; and "Searching for Sugar Man."

The guild, an association of Hollywood producers, hands out its 24th annual prizes at a ceremony Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles at which Russell Simmons will receive the Producers Guild's 2013 Visionary Award.

Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 10, and the Oscars will be awarded at the annual Los Angeles ceremony on Feb. 24.