Monday, January 24, 2011

Producers Guild Picks King, Goes Anti-Social

In a bit of an upset, the Producers Guild of America is the first big organization to put a dent in Oscar front-runner The Social Network's dominant awards season choosing instead to award the producers of the British film The King's Speech. Last year, they also went against expectation picking the low-grossing film The Hurt Locker over the billion dollar mega-blockbuster Avatar. The Hurt Locker went on to win six Oscars including Best Picture.

The Social Network should still be seen as the favorite for the Oscar win especially since it'll most likely get guild wins for its directing and writing. It does make the awards season more interesting though especially since a third film, The Fighter, is looking likely to get the Best Ensemble prize at the SAG Awards.

Here is a list of the PGA winners/award recipients:

Motion Picture: The King's Speech
Television - Drama: Mad Men
Television - Comedy: Modern Family
Non-Fiction Television: Deadliest Catch
Live Entertainment and Competition: The Colbert Report
Long Form Television: The Pacific
Animated Motion Picture: Toy Story 3
Documentary Motion Picture: Waiting for Superman
Milestone Award: James Cameron
Norman Lear Achievement Award: Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman
David O. Selznick Achievement Award: Scott Rudin
Vanguard Award: RealD
Stanley Kramer Award: Sean Penn
Visionary Award: Laura Ziskin

It's important to note that Scott Rudin, the producer of The Social Network, took home that David O. Selznick Achievement Award. Might the group have thought this was enough? Last year's loser James Cameron was also honored with an award. Toy Story 3 and Waiting for Superman should be seen as Oscar front-runners as well.

1 comment:

  1. This makes me so happy, just because I want a surprise in the race.


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