UPDATED The Oscar race just got a hell of a lot more interesting. In an unprecedented double victory, both “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” tied for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards this evening. Accepting the awards were Alfonso Cuaron and David Heyman for “Gravity,” and Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt and the Plan B team for “12 Years a Slave.”
Predicted winner “American Hustle” went home empty-handed. The PGAs have perennially presaged the Oscar best picture win (a la last year’s “Argo”) which means that this year’s Academy race may have narrowed to two films: “Gravity” and “12 Years.” At the SAG Awards Saturday, “American Hustle” took home the Ensemble prize–indicating strong support from the dominant actors’ branch–and “12 Years a Slave” nabbed best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o (pictured). The DGA Awards expected winner on January 25 is Cuaron.
Full list of winners below:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: (tie)
“Gravity” (Warner Bros. Pictures) Producers: Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman
“12 Years a Slave” (Fox Searchlight Pictures); Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:
“Breaking Bad“ (AMC); Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks“ (Focus Features); Producers: Alexis Bloom, Alex Gibney, Marc Shmuger
The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:
“Behind the Candelabra“ (HBO); Producers: Susan Ekins, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Polaire, Jerry Weintraub
The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:
The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:
“Sesame Street“ (PBS)
The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:
“Wired: What’s Inside“
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown“ (CNN); Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“Frozen“ (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures); Producer: Peter Del Vecho
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
“The Voice“ (NBC); Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Nicolle Yaron, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment and Talk Television:
“The Colbert Report“ (Comedy Central); Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
“Modern Family” (ABC); Producers: Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeffrey Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker
EARLIER: Tonight, I’ll be hanging out at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles covering the Producers Guild of America Awards. Red carpet staff are lined up with Tiffany swag bags, passed apps are floating by and producers and presenters, Barkhad Abdi among them, are beginning to hold court in the lobby.
The PGA winner is typically a harbinger for the Best Picture Oscar. This year’s ten film nominees are “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Whoever wins tonight — and it’s likely to be either “Hustle,” “Gravity” or “12 Years” — may well seal the deal for Oscar night, as so far guild voters aren’t bucking Oscar trends as much as last year.
Check out Anne’s story about this year’s nominations for more background.
6:20 Milling about the red carpet are radiant Louis-Dreyfus, here with her family, suave Leonardo DiCaprio, nominees Ron Howard (“Arrested Development”) and Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”), and Morgan Freeman in aviators. Lupita Nyong’o dons another winning dress. For the second time this week, I’ve seen David O. Russell with a woman on each arm. Follow the Beverly Hilton Instagram for red carpet pics far better than those from my vantage point.
5:45 Among the presenters tonight are Sarah Paulson and Barkhad Abdi (both already in the house), lovely Lupita Nyong’o (fresh off her SAG win last night), Steve Coogan, comedian Billy Gardell, Hollywood mogul David Picker, Chiwetel Ejiofir, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey, Michael B. Jordan and more.