GRAVITY and 12 YEARS A SLAVE Tie for PGA Best Picture Award; BREAKING BAD Wins Best TV Series

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For the past six years in a row, the winner of the Producers Guild Award has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.  It looked like the Oscar race might be decided this evening with the 2014 PGAs, but in an unprecedented move, the Best Picture trophy was split with a tie between 12 Years a Slave and Gravity.  Many were looking to American Hustle to take the PGA given its bevy of Oscar nominations and the fact that it won top honors from the SAG awards, but after tonight it might very well have to finish third.  So now we’re back to the two films that took the frontrunners slots all the way back in September.

Elsewhere at the PGA Awards, Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series, Modern Family won Best Comedy Series, and Frozen won Best Animated Feature.  Read the full list of winners after the jump.

Oscar Beat: Analyzing What the Producers Guild Awards Nominations Mean for Oscar

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When it comes to predicting the Oscars, there are a number of factors to take into account.  The early critics awards carry some weight, as does a film’s overall box office performance, but the most significant gauge with regards to Oscar voting comes with the guild awards.  The four major guilds—producers, directors, writers, and actors—have a large amount of crossover with Academy membership, which means that many of the same people that are voting for the Oscars are also voting in the PGA, DGA, WGA, and SAG awards.  Earlier today we got our first look at the Producers Guild of America nominations, and there were a couple of minor surprises mixed in with the usual suspects.

In this edition of Collider’s awards column, Oscar Beat, I’ll be analyzing what this year’s PGA nominations mean with regards to the upcoming 86th Academy Awards race.  Read on after the jump.


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The 2014 Producers Guild Awards list of nominees for movies, television and digital programming has been released.  Like Adam sagely mentioned last year, this list of nominees is a fairly reliable predictor for the eventual Oscar nominees.  This year’s PGA list includes recent headline makers Gravity,  American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street, along with critical darlings Her and Nebraska.

In addition to live-action theatrical releases and their animated counterparts, the PGA also announced nominees for television and digital series.  Breaking Bad, American Horror Story: Asylum, House of Cards, Arrested Development and Burning Love are just a few of the titles in the mix.  The 25th annual Producers Guild Awards will announce winners on January 19th.  Hit the jump to view all the nominees.

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.

2013 Producers Guild Awards Nominees Include LINCOLN, DJANGO UNCHAINED, LES MISERABLES, and SKYFALL

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The nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild Awards have been announced.  The PGA’s are a fairly reliable predictor of the Academy Awards, as last year all but two eventual Best Picture nominees (The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) were PGA nominees.  This year’s contenders include expected fare like Argo, Les Miserables, and Lincoln, indies such as Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom, and critical favorite Zero Dark Thirty.  The PGA’s are also fond of singling out one “popular” choice, and in this year’s case that film looks to be the excellent Skyfall

In addition to the feature films, the PGAs also announced the nominees in television.  Drama series nominees include the usual suspects like Homeland, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones, while the comedy category is filled out by 30 Rock, Louie, Modern Family, and for some reason The Big Bang Theory.  Notably absent is HBO’s Girls and NBC’s brilliant Parks and Recreation.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of film and television nominees.  The 24th Annual PGA Awards will be held on January 26th.

THE ARTIST, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and MODERN FAMILY Take Home Top Prizes at Producers Guild Awards

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The Artist has yet again taken home a major Oscar precursor award. The black-and-white silent film was recognized for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Pictures at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards last night. This is yet another notch in the column that points to a very big night for The Artist at the upcoming 84th Academy Awards. In a slight surprise, The Adventures of Tintin was the winner among animated films, besting critical favorite Rango. On the television side of things, Boardwalk Empire won for excellence in dramatic series (beating out fare like Mad Men and Game of Thrones), Modern Family was the winner for the comedies, and the fantastically addictive Downton Abbey won in the movies of the week/mini-series category.

Hit the jump to see the full list of winners.

Producers Guild of America to Honor John Lasseter with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award; UP’s Oscar Chances Go Up

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Named after the legendary producer behind such films as “King Kong”, “Gone with the Wind” and “Rebecca” The David O. Selznick Achiement Award in Motion Pictures is a tremendous honor bestowed upon producers by the Producers Guild of America.  Past recipients include Saul Zaentz, Robert Evans, Roger Corman, and Jerry Bruckheimer.  But never in its history has a producer of animated films received the award…until now.

At the 21st Annual PGA Awards Ceremony on Sunday, January 24, 2010, writer, director, producer, and Pixar COO John Lasseter will receive the David O. Selznick Achievement Award.  Hit the jump for details and what this could mean for “Up’s” chances at a Best Picture Oscar.

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