Producers pick The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker has been named best film of the year by the Producers Guild of America.

Yesterday's PGA ceremony in Los Angeles could have created another Avatar headline, but Kathryn Bigelow's drama diffused any chance of James Cameron chalking up another notch on his awards tally, for now at least.

The Hurt Locke r defeated nine other nominees, including Up In The Air , Avatar and I nglourious Basterds .

It's unlikey Taraninto will be too sore about missing out on the PGA award. Afterall, the entire cast of Inglourious Basterds was named best ensembe at Saturday's Screen Actors Guild awards . Tarantino has to take a little credit for that.

The next big red circle on the award show calender is etched around 21st February and the BAFTA awards, otherwise known as the last stop before before the lights dim and fake smiles strain on Oscar night.

With The Hurt Locker picking up some late momentum, Inglourious Basterds reeping more acting honours and Avatar just being Avatar , it could be this trio of films tussling for the Best Film statue at the Academy Awards.

Also at the PGA awards, Up won best animated feature and The Cove took home the best documentary award.

Will the Oscar for Best Film be a three film race...?