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'Life Itself,' 'Merchants of Doubt' among PGA documentary nominees

'Life Itself,' 'Merchants of Doubt' among PGA documentary nominees
"Life Itself," a documentary about film critic Roger Ebert, shown in front row, is among the Producers Guild of America Awards documentary nominees. Ebert's longtime colleague, film critic Gene Siskel, is shown in back. (Kevin Horan / Magnolia Pictures)

Film critic Roger Ebert, Hamas informant Mosab Hassan Yousef and the scientists behind the Large Hadron Collider are some of the subjects of documentaries nominated by the Producers Guild of America for its 2015 awards.

The nominees are "The Green Prince," about Hassan Yousef and his Israeli handler; "Life Itself," a portrait of the late Pulitzer-Prize-winning critic Ebert; "Merchants of Doubt," a look at modern-day spin doctors and media manipulators; "Particle Fever," an account of the search for the Higgs boson at CERN; and "Virunga," a chronicle of day-to-day life for the conservationists trying to protect Virunga National Park in Congo.

Along with the documentary category, the PGA has announced nominees for TV series/specials and digital series.

The names of the eligible producers for the documentary films will be announced on Jan. 5, along with the rest of the nominations for the 2015 Producers Guild Awards.

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The awards will be bestowed Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
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