Green Book walked away with the marquee prize at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards, which were handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton. The Viggo Mortensen-Mahershala Ali period pic won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture for producers Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga.
The film also took a top prize at the Golden Globes this month, winning in the Musical or Comedy category. That puts it in the driver’s seat for the Best Picture Academy Award next month because there aren’t many better harbingers for the Oscar than the film that wins the PGA’s top honor. How accurate is it? In its 29-year history, the PGA Awards have synched up with the Oscars on 20 honorees. It would be 21 if you count 2013, when 12 Years a Slave and Gravity tied for the top PGA prize, with the former going on to score the Oscar.
The two differed in two of the past three years, however: 2016 PGA winner La La Land and 2015’s The Big Short came up short for the Oscar against Moonlight and Spotlight, respectively.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse followed up its Golden Globes win and beat out a tough field led by billion-dollar baby Incredibles 2 to snare the statuette for Animated Feature, and the Mister Rogers pic Won’t You Be My Neighbor? laced up the Documentary Feature prize, also topping a strong field that included RBG, Three Identical Strangers and Free Solo.
On the TV side, the final season of FX’s The Americans won the drama series awards, following up its Globes win two weeks ago. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continued its remarkable awards run, up its Emmy and Golden Globes triumph with its second consecutive Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy at the PGAs. Its creator-EP Amy Sherman-Palladino was among tonight’s career award recipients – accepting the Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television. Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix program Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee scooped the Short-Form prize, with Season 48 of Sesame Street climaing the Chidren’s PRogram Award and Being Serena acing Outstanding Sports Program.
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