Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Artist Remains Ahead with Producers Guild Win

Remember when Avatar made a bajillion dollars two years ago and won Best Picture at the Golden Globes? Remember last year when The Social Network swept the critics and won the Golden Globes handily? Well, they both lost at the Oscars their years. The beginning of the end for their Oscar hopes happened at the Producers Guild of America Awards when The Hurt Locker and The King's Speech won then taking their momentum all the way to the Kodak Theater. This year, however, there's no such shift. The Artist was the front-runner before the PGA results and with the win, it is even more of a front-runner. I'm still expecting, probably naively, to lose the DGA and the SAG Ensemble awards, but if it's truly a sweep year, then so be it.

The rest of the PGA winners were just as predictable with the exception of Best Animated Film going to The Adventures of Tintin over its more lauded Rango. I guess the only two real competitive categories at the Oscars will be Best Actress and Best Animated Film!

Here's a list of the PGA winners/award recipients:

Motion Picture: The Artist
Animated Motion Picture: The Adventures of Tintin
Documentary Motion Picture: Beats, Rhymes and Life: the Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Drama Television: Boardwalk Empire
Comedy Television: Modern Family
Long Form Television: Downton Abbey
Non-Fiction Television: American Masters
Live Entertainment and Talk Television: The Colbert Report
Competition Television: The Amazing Race
News Television: 60 Minutes
Sports Television: ESPN’s 30 for 30
Children's Television: Sesame Street
Web Series: 30 Rock Presents Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero

Milestone Award: Leslie Moonves
Norman Lear Achievement Award: Don Mischer
David O. Selznick Achievement Award: Steven Spielberg
Vanguard Award: Stan Lee
Stanley Kramer Award: In the Land of Blood and Honey

As I said, pretty unexciting in terms of winner's list. Would it have killed them to shine a light towards Parks and Recreation? Or how about Game of Thrones? In any case, let's all just shrug our shoulders and move on. I mean I'm actually happy that The Artist won and that Downton Abbey continues its unlikely, but welcome stampede through awards season, but there's just not much else to comment on, don't you think?

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