Sherlock, Downton and Skyfall nominated for 2013 PGA awards

The Producers Guild of America give the nod to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman detective drama, and nominate a Bond film for the very first time

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Sherlock, Skyfall and Downton Abbey are among British nominees for the annual Producers Guild of America awards. 

Sherlock producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have been nominated in the long-form television category for the hit BBC crime drama. Though Sherlock has been nominated for Emmy awards and Baftas in the past, this is the first time the series - which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and The Hobbit leading man Martin Freeman - has been recognised by the prestigious PGA awards.

The nominee announcement will be welcome news for the long-standing Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, too. Although Skyfall is the 23rd film in the successful spy franchise, it is the first Bond film to be nominated for a PGA award. 

Skyfall - which has smashed box office records since its cinema release in October 2012 - has been nominated for the Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures award, but will have to beat off competition from Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. 

Downton Abbey's producers, including creator Julian Fellowes, are up for the Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television award for the second year in a row. The period drama, which took home the award last year, is nominated with Mad Men, Homeland, Breaking Bad and Games of Thrones. 

The Producers Guild of America awards have been running since 1990. The winner of the PGA Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures often goes on to bag an Oscar - for the last five years the winner of the award has won Best Picture at the Oscars, too. 

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Los Angeles on 26 January