ARGO Wins 2013 Producers Guild Award for Best Picture; HOMELAND Wins Best Drama Series

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We’re nearly a month away from the 85th Academy Awards, and Oscar prognosticators now turn their attention to the various guild awards ceremonies that will be taking place over the next couple of weeks.  The guilds are a major bellwether for Oscar since the crossover between guild voters and Oscar voters is significant, and the Producers Guild Awards were handed out last night, making this already wide open race even more interesting.  Argo won the top prize at the ceremony, positioning the film as a serious Best Picture contender despite Ben Affleck’s lack of a Best Director nomination.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners and what this means for Argo’s Oscar chances.

argo-posterStatistically speaking, an Oscar Best Director nomination is crucial to a film’s Best Picture chances.  The last film to win Best Picture without a Best Director nomination was 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy.  As we move closer to Oscar, experts seem to be taking two stances regarding Argo: they either think the film could pull out a Best Picture win because Affleck was left off the Best Director list, as a sort of compensation by the Academy to make up for the directors branch’s misatke, or they think Argo will follow in Apollo 13’s footsteps.  Apollo 13 won the PGA, DGA, and SAG awards in 1996, only to see Ron Howard left out of the Best Director Oscar nominations and to lose Best Picture to Braveheart.

Personally, I think Argo just might pull off the big win to close out this screwy and exciting Oscar race.  We’ll know more in the next few weeks as the Directors Guild Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards are handed out, but this is a big get for Argo.  Read the full list of PGA winners below.

Best Picture – ARGO 

Best Drama Series – HOMELAND 

Best Documentary Feature – SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN 

Best Reality Series – AMERICAN MASTERS 

Best Animated Feature – WRECK-IT RALPH 

Best Long-Form Television – GAME CHANGE 

Best Comedy Series – MODERN FAMILY 

Best Live Entertainment & Talk Show Television – THE COLBERT REPORT

Best Reality Competition Series – THE AMAZING RACE 

Best Sports Program – REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL 

Best Children’s Program – SESAME STREET 

Best Digital Series – 30 ROCK: THE WEBISODES

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  • Bob

    Argo winning a lot recently. It might actually have a chance at the Oscars. Prob not though. I want Zero Dark Thirty to win the whole thing but knowing the Oscars their prob gonna give it to Lincoln with Spielberg Best Director. I hope Lincoln doesn’t win the whole thing. My order of the best would be Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained and then Argo. I’ll be happy if any of those 3 won, specifically the first 2.

    • Mello Mastikan

      Argo was snubbed by the Oscars.

      • Bob

        Yes, Affleck not getting a directing nomination is outlandish.

    • Truth

      Argo was a pretty solid thriller, but it is not best picture of the year by any stretch of the imagination.

      • Bob

        I didn’t say it was. I said I thought both Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained were the best movies of the year I have seen(still need to see Silver Linings Playbook). With Zero Dark Thirty taking the top spot for me. Argo is number three for me. And what I said was I would want one of those three to win obviously Zero Dark Thirty the most followed by Django, and I kinda wouldn’t mind Argo wining. Cause it’s at least better than Lincoln and everything else imo, but I would be kinda upset cause I felt it still wasn’t the best at least imo.

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  • Person

    I’m gonna get a lot of flak for this, but I really think Skyfall was the best film of the year. In terms of all-around enterainment value and anything deeper than that, nothing delivered (at least to me personally) more than that. But of the nominees, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook were certainly the best. I liked Lincoln and I respect the craft behind Zero Dark Thirty (despite not being a huge fan of it), but I don’t think either really deserves Best Picure. I haven’t seen Life of Pi, though. In any case, tonight’s SAG Awards will certainly be interesting…

  • JamDenTel

    If ARGO wins Best Picture, I feel like it’ll come to.be regarded as a fairly weak winner–but I confess I would feel the same way if LINCOLN, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, or LIFE OF PI won. The only winners I could honestly get excited for would be DJANGO or AMOUR (ZERO DARK THIRTY would be okay, I guess), and I’m honestly ready for this race to be finished with.

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