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PGA Awards: 'Birdman' Wins Top Film Prize, 'Breaking Bad' Takes Drama Trophy & 'Orange Is The New Black' Nabs Comedy

Birdman took the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 26th annual PGA Awards tonight in Los Angeles. The win places the Alejandro G. Iñárritu-helmed pic squarely in the frontrunner category for the Best Picture Oscar. Since 1989, those theatrical films taking the Darryl F. Zanuck award for best producer have a 75% chance of winning the top prize at the Oscars. The Lego Movie won the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures following its snub for the corresponding Academy Award. That fact was alluded to by producer Dan Lin, who noted in his acceptance speech that the film has had “its share of wins and losses.” But, he continued, “the real win has been the friends I’ve made along the way… so I thank my friends.” Deadline’s Pete Hammond will post an analysis of the awards later tonight.

On the TV side, Breaking Bad won The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama for the second consecutive year, and Orange Is The New Black broke Modern Family’s four-straight win streak, taking the The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy. The complete list of winners is below:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

The Award for Outstanding 26th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards - ShowProducer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producer: Dan Lin

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama

Breaking Bad (AMC): Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer 26th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards - Showof Episodic Television, Comedy

Orange Is The New Black (Netflix):Producers: Mark A. Burley, Sara Hess, Jenji Kohan, Gary Lennon, Neri Tannenbaum, Michael Trim, Lisa I. Vinnecour

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures)

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television

Fargo (FX)
Producers: Adam Bernstein, John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Michael Frislev, Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Chad Oakes, Kim Todd

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey
(FOX/NatGeo): Producers: Brannon Braga, Mitchell Cannold, Jason Clark, Ann Druyan, Livia Hanich, Steve Holtzman, Seth MacFarlane

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC): Producers: Rob Crabbe, Jamie Granet Bederman, Katie Hockmeyer, Jim Juvonen, Josh Lieb, Brian McDonald, Lorne Michaels, Gavin Purcell

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television


The Voice
(NBC): Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John De Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee 
(http://www.crackle.com/c/comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee)

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program

Sesame Street (Sprout)

  1. That the winner here, The Lego Movie, isn’t even nominated for the Oscar in the animated category, is proof that the PGAs aren’t necessarily a harbinger of the Academy Awards. It may be closer to a 2-horse race now (still think it doubtful that American Sniper’s box office success will be enough to make a difference) between Birdman and Boyhood, but I think Boyhood still has the edge, not just based on its other wins, but because it truly is such a singularly unique motion picture achievement the likes of which may never be seen again and that has to be awarded. It is certainly much more worthy than previous winners like Argo, King’s Speech and Hurt Locker.

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