Award tallies from Hollywood guilds forecast Oscars

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With the Golden Globes on Sunday and Film Critics awards on Friday, the next to weigh in on the best films of 2010 are the Hollywood professional associations. The Writers Guild, Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild rolled out their nominees over the last couple weeks and the Directors Guild released its choices this week.

The guilds' nominations include mostly the same films, from blockbusters to lower-budget independent films. Many winners are considered likely to take an Oscar.

The 63rd Directors Guild Awards chose the following feature film nominees:

. David Fincher for The Social Network
. Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
. Tom Hooper for The King's Speech
. Christopher Nolan for Inception
. David O. Russell for The Fighter

None of these directors has previously won the Directors Guild award. Only six times, since 1948, has the DGA winner not taken the Oscar. The DGAs also honor documentary and television program directors. The awards ceremony happens January 29 in Los Angeles.

Nominees for the 22nd Producers Guild Awards include the films the Directors Guild selected as well as Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, True Grit, The Town and The Kids Are All Right.

The Producers Guild Awards will take place on January 22 in LA, hosted by Judd Apatow ( Get Him to the Greek, Knocked Up). Sean Penn will receive an award for his contribution to illuminating provocative social issues.

The Writers Guild awards original film screenplays and adapted screenplays, as well as television series and specials, documentaries, new media, and video games. The Writers Guild Awards are scheduled for February 5 in both LA and New York City.

Nominees for adapted scripts include 127 Hours from Aron Ralston's book Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Ben Affleck's The Town based on Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan, the Coen brothers' True Grit, The Social Network based on The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, and I Love You Phillip Morris adapted from a book by Steve McVicker.

Writers have been nominated for original screenplays including Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right and Please Give.

The 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards happens January 30, with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Ernest Borgnine, the 94-year-old acting veteran who recently appeared in Red with Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren.

Actors vying for awards include Colin Firth ( The King's Speech), Natalie Portman ( Black Swan), Christian Bale ( The Fighter) and Hailee Steinfeld ( True Grit).

In television categories, nominees include Glee, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Lost, Mad Men and True Blood.