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James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

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James Cameron?s Avatar is up for a Producers Guild of America award

James Cameron's sci-fi smash Avatar is up for top film honours from the Producers Guild of America.

The film starring Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana - which has taken more than one billion US dollars worldwide so far - is up against fellow sci-fi features Star Trek and District 9 in the best picture category.

The group representing Hollywood producers also handed out nods to the animated blockbuster Up, the World War II hit Inglourious Basterds and the critical favourites The Hurt Locker, Precious, Up In The Air, An Education and Invictus.

Up also is nominated for best animated film, along with 9, Coraline, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Princess And The Frog.

The Producers Guild followed the lead of the Academy Awards and doubled its best picture field to 10 nominees this season.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Hollywood on January 24.

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