Lincoln up for Producers Guild gong

The Civil War saga Lincoln, the musical Les Miserables and the Osama bin Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty are among nominees for the top honour from the Producers Guild of America.

Other contenders announced on Wednesday are the Iran hostage-crisis thriller Argo; the low-budget critical favourite 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 latest James Bond adventure Skyfall.

The guild, an association of Hollywood producers, hands out its 24th annual prizes on January 26.

The big winner often goes on to claim the best-picture honour at the Academy Awards, which follow on February 24.