CODA was the surprise winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Producer at the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards, held at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles tonight.
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“It’s incredible,” CODA said producer Philippe Rousselet, accepting the award along with fellow producers Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger. “It really means a lot coming from our peers. I think we’ll all agree that a good film always starts with a good story… and in a world where we see the lack [of humanity] every day I will take this award as a sign that there is still hope.
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Basically a win tonight for everything nominated for Best Pic other that power of the dog – particularly CODA, fresh off its triumph at the SAG Awards last month – potentially altering the race for the Best Picture Oscars. Here’s why.
The PGAs are traditionally the first guild awards show of the season, and this year it was originally scheduled for February 26 – the day before the SAG Awards. But Omicron’s push forced the ceremony to be postponed to tonight, and as a result, this is the first time the Producers Guild Awards will take place in the final Oscars vote.
That’s especially important because the PGA Awards usually follow closely behind the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This show also had 10 Best Picture nominees and used the same ranked choice system as the Oscars for Best Picture only – meaning voters must list their choices from 1 being “favorite” to 10 being “the least preferred”. So the PGA is the group most likely to get a pick similar to the Best Picture Oscars.
In fact, the PGA Award has predicted 22 Best Picture Oscar winners over the past 32 years. And since 2009, only three films were not aligned with both PGA and Oscar: The Grand Court, La La Land and 1917.
nomadland won the PGA Award marquee last year en route to winning Best Picture at the Oscars.
Music was a theme elsewhere among the film’s winners as The summer of the soul, by Onyx Collective, Searachlight and Hulu, won Outstanding Documentary Film Producer and Disney’s Encanto won the animation award.
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On the TV side, Apple TV+’s awards season favorite Ted Lasso won the Danny Thomas Award for Best Episodic Television Producer, Comedy.
But it was a big night for HBO. The premium cabler Succession won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Episodic Television, Theater and Sound Producer Easttown Mare won the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Limited Series Television Producer.
HBO Last week tonight with John Oliver won the Live Entertainment/Variety/Sketch/Stand-up/Talk Television award.
VH1 RuPaul’s Drag Race won Outstanding Game and Competition Television Producer.
The big bang of music-focused projects continued tonight with two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts being the subject of tonight’s other TV awards. Disney+ The Beatles: Come Back won Outstanding Nonfiction Television Producer, and Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free — The Making of Wildflowers won the Television or Streamed Movies trophy.
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Rita Moreno, new actress in her 90s and winner of the EGOT, received the Stanley Kramer Award, which recognizes a production, producer or others “whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises awareness of important social issues”.
She did not disappoint in her acceptance speech.
Moreno began by noting how she was there — at the invitation of Harry Belafonte — when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. “In seasons when the prophets are silent and the statesmen decline, fortunately the filmmakers continue to preach,” she said from the stage. “They keep advocating for issues of fairness and justice.”
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Moreno added, “We are in the throes of another awards season, and some members of our tribe have been known to use the spotlight to champion the issues addressed in their nominated works – climate change, universal healthcare, voting rights and LQBTQ advocacy and many others. And I know that for some audiences they are known to create, how to say, a little discomfort. For others, heart palpitations. After all, who do these actors, these Hollywood guys, think they are citizens? Well fuck them.
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The first tribute of the evening was for Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars Patriarch George Lucas, who received the Milestone Award from their longtime friend Steven Spielberg.
“Steven, George and I met at the dawn of a new era in movie history, and we’ve worked side by side through one revolution in our industry after another,” said Kennedy, the producer whose films have garnered 120 Oscar nominations. “Revolutions not only in the means of filmmaking and the way films reach audiences, but also in the makeup of our business.”
She added, “As women, artists of color, LGBTQ and differently labeled artists and producers, who have fought and won a place at the table, propelling our community towards a more inclusive, diverse, richer sense of responsibility. , more sophisticated and nuanced for social, racial and economic justice.
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DC TV Universe Czar Greg Berlanti received the Norman Lear Award from his old friend Ryan Murphy, who called him “Norman Lear’s natural successor”.
“I think you have to understand what it was like to be ‘other’ in the 70s or early 80s,” Berlanti said in his speech. “I was a deeply closeted gay child, and the kind of vitriol that we now see so openly by members of the Florida legislature or the governor of Texas about trans kids or gender non-conforming youth and their families, there was this kind of homophobia, open and laid back in almost every corner or room. And if the hatred was blatant, the representation on TV was almost non-existent.
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Precarious creator-star Issa Rae received the PGA Visionary Award) from HBO Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys. Legendary VP and current Oscar nominee Mary Parent received the David O. Selznick Award from Dunes filmmaker Denis Villeneuve.
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Other A-listers who presented the PGA Awards tonight included Meryl Streep, Andrew Garfield, Michelle Yeoh and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Here are the winners of the 2022 PGA Awards:
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Best Motion Picture Producer
Outstanding Documentary Film Producer Award
Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised)
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Films
Norman Felton Award for Best Episodic Television Producer – Drama
Succession (Season 3)
David L. Wolper Award for Best Limited Series Television Producer
Danny Thomas Award for Best Episodic Television Producer – Comedy
Ted Lasso (Season 2)
Best Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Stand-Up and Talk Show Producer Award
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 8)
Outstanding Game and Competition Television Producer Award
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 13)
Outstanding Non-Fiction Television Producer Award
The Beatles: Get Back (Season 1)
Outstanding Producer Award for Television or Streamed Movies
Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free — The Making of Wildflowers
Pete Hammond contributed to this report.