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.
It only took 23 tries, but 007 has finally found his groove. Not only has the latest James Bond flick, Skyfall, become the first in the franchise to pass the $1 billion mark, but the film might also be headed for Oscar glory. In a surprising twist, Skyfall earned a nomination from the Producers Guild for Best Film. It’s the first Bond film to be honored by the PGA in its 24-year history.
Since 2007, five winners of the Producers Guild Awards have gone on to also nab Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Last year, only three films didn’t line up with the Oscar nominees. Bridesmaids, The Ides of March and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo were snubbed by the Academy. The year before that, the PGAs were only off by one with The Town losing a spot to the Academy’s choice of Winter’s Bone. Better dust off that tuxedo Daniel Craig, you might be headed to the big event this year.
The Producers Guild Awards ceremony, which will be produced by Michael De Luca, will take place on Jan. 26. Check out all the films nominated this year below.
In the last four years, the Producers Guild Awards and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have agreed on the best picture winner. Last night, the little black and white, French silent film that could – The Artist took home the top honor of the night, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. If you remember, this film also took home the Golden Globe for best motion picture earlier this month.
Producer Thomas Langmann, the son of acclaimed French actor, writer and director Claude Barri, accepted the award for the film which was directed by Michel Hazanavicius. During his acceptance speech, Thomas said, “when Michel and I dreamed of making ‘The Artist,’ we dreamed of writing a love letter to American cinema,” Langmann said. “We just didn’t know that we would get a taste of the American dream.” This award definitely makes them the front runner for the Oscar nominations which are set to take place this coming Tuesday morning (January 24).
Since making its debut at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the film has generated an enormous amount of buzz including that of it’s two star actors Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo. The story follows the fates of silent film star George Valentin (Dujardin) and plucky song-and-dance gal Peppy Miller (Bejo) at the dawn of the talkies. The film is a true tribute to the age of old Hollywood and the films of that time and generation. The Artist wasn’t the only winner of the night. See who else took home awards at last night’s ceremony below.
Today the Producers Guild of America unveiled their top ten movies of the year. Just like the Academy Awards, they doubled their normal field of five nominations to ten. The Producers Guild Nominations are usually one of the most accurate indicators of what the Academy will honor in a few months.
While art house independent flicks normally dominate the PGA nominations, this year, science fiction blockbusters scored big with the guild. Star Trek, Avatar and District 9 took three of the ten spots. If the Oscar choices follow the same train of thought, the producers of the Oscar telecast should be very happy. Typically when the Academy honors popular blockbusters, the show gains mass appeal and score bigger ratings.
Generally TV viewership as a whole is declining and the Oscar show isn’t immune to this trend. The telecast is usually able to buck the trend when huge hits are in the running. 12 years ago when “Titanic” swept the ceremony, The Oscars had their biggest audience ever. With Avatar breaking box office records worldwide, expect James Cameron to prove he really is “the king of the world”.
By increasing the field to ten nominations, well reviewed blockbusters have a better shot of securing one of the coveted nominations. While the PGA nominations do a great job of predictions, they are not always on the money. Last year, “The Dark Knight”, 2008′s biggest commercial hit, earned a nomination from the PGA but was snubbed by the Academy.