Producers Guild Awards Give Argo Oscar Frontrunner Status

At the Producers Guild Awards held on Saturday, January 26, Argo walked away with the night’s big honor. If things fall in line like they have the past five years, the Ben Affleck-directed movie should also earn Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards. The Artist (2011), The King’s Speech (2010), The Hurt Locker (2009), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and No Country for Old Men (2007) all achieved the Oscar-PGA double header. The last film not to do the same was 2007’s Little Miss Sunshine who lost out to The Departed at the Academy Awards.

Ever since Ben Affleck was snubbed for a Best Director Oscar nomination, there’s been an overwhelming wave of support for his film, Argo. Many feel that he was robbed of a nod. The thriller has gone on to win Best Picture honors at the recent Golden Globes and Broadcast Film Critics ceremonies. At this point, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln isn’t looking as sure of a thing.

Typically, the film with the most nominations including directing and acting categories, tends to revel in Oscar glory. Will Affleck have his vengeance on the Academy directing branch when all the various branches weigh in on Oscar night? I think the answer might be yes. Check out what else the Producers Guild honored in the movie and television categories below.

2013 Producers Guild Awards

Motion Picture

  • Best Picture: Argo
    Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph
    Producer: Clark Spencer
  • Documentary: Searching For Sugar Man
    Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn


  • TV movie or mini-series: Game Change (HBO)
    Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Jay Roach, Amy Sayres, Steven Shareshian, Danny Strong
  • TV Drama: Homeland (Showtime)
    Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm
  • TV Comedy: Modern Family (ABC)
    Producers: Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker
  • Non-Fiction TV: American Masters (PBS)
    Producers: Prudence Glass, Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks
  • Live Entertainment & Talk: The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
    Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart
  • Competition TV: The Amazing Race (CBS)
    Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo
  • Sports: Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
  • Children’s TV: Sesame Street (PBS)
  • Web Series: 30 Rock: The Webisodes (

Do you think Ben Affleck’s Argo can keep the sympathy momentum going until Oscar day? I have to admit, I like an underdog so I’m definitely rooting for Ben. As a producer, he’ll still get that Oscar statue, along with buddy and co-producer George Clooney.

  • justin

    well remember when that piece of shit crash won over brokeback mountain. the oscars are funny that way, they have frontrunners but sometimes they’ll suprise you.
    i think its pretty amazing that ben affleck has transitioned to being a pretty good director after his string of misses especially gigli. it should be noted that if he wins it would go great with his oscar for best screenplay and now a chance at a producer award and maybe in the future a directors and even acting award i dont think anybody has won that many different awards before maybe ben affleck could achieve it.