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Deadline's 2016 PGA Awards Live Blog

The 27th PGA awards are over, with The Big Short scooping top prize of the night–best Theatrical Motion Picture. Lady Gaga showed up late to her own performance of original song ’Til It Happens to You, and for an awards show dedicated to producers, they sure had a lot of production issues, such as Amanda Seyfried saying “nobody knows who wins!” when left high and dry by a teleprompter. Best documentary went to Academy nominee Amy, perhaps a foreshadowing of Feb 28th’s honors? And finally, diversity was perfectly addressed by Shonda Rhimes, winner of the Norman Lear Achievement award, when she said, “people of color are never anybody’s sidekicks in real life.” Here’s how it went down.

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PGA National Executive Director Vance Van Petten kicks things off by announcing: “If you’re here for the Dering retirement party you’re in the wrong room!”

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20168:04 pm

Dinner is over and The 27th annul PGA awards have finally started!

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Event chairs Michael de Luca and Jennifer Todd come onstage. De Luca: “We know that for many of you the films and shows we celebrate tonight are labors of love. A lot of blood sweat and tears are celebrated tonight and that’s just The Revenant!”

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20168:06 pm

“We don’t have a host for the show so we’re relying on the audience to get drunk” said PGA Event Chair Jennifer Todd

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PGA Presidents Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary. Lucchesi: “I’m anxious guys…We need to focus on content piracy. It is the most serious threat to our industry”

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McCreary: “Producers have always served this industry as leaders and we need to make a conscious decision to challenge the status quo until our cast our crew out companies are as diverse as the audiences for whom we make this entertainment…together we will be unstoppable.”

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Cheryl Hines takes the stage to talk about pressing issue in Hollywood “Sarah Palin’s back, I thought we got rid of her a long time ago”

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WINNER: EPISODIC TELEVISION COMEDY: TRANSPARENT

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Victor Hsu: “On behalf of Jill Soloway, the creative inspiration behind the show, we want to thank the transgender community for helping to make the show a success”

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Gary Oldman is on stage to present the David Heymen, producer of the Harry Potter franchise, with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award 

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“I’ve never seen him settle for second best” Gary Oldman says of David Heyman

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Gary Oldman is on stage to present the David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter franchise, with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award 

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A clip of Alfonso Cuaron saying “very well-deserved!” to David Heyman 

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David O. Selznick honoree David Heyman takes his award from Oldman, saying: “this is an extraordinary honor, all the more so because it’s given to me by my peers and the PGA who really understand what it is I do and what a crazy calling we have as producers….it’s the greatest job in the world. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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“Jo Rowling literally changed my life and I can’t thank her enough” – David Heyman

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Teleprompter fail for Sarah Paulson…oops

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Sarah Paulson  introducing nominees for the category of Best Motion Picture which will be the last award of the night

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 Up next, Blackish star Anthony Anderson presents the award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television

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“Had I been in Berlin those thugs would not have gotten my jacket!” Anthony Anderson on Bridge of Spies

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20168:32 pm

WINNER: OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & TALK TELEVISION: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 


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Anthony Anderson accepts the award for John Oliver (who was not able to attend) saying “I’ll probably be the only brother up here tonight and in February getting a trophy’

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WINNER: OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF COMPETITION TELEVISION: THE VOICE

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Visionary Vanguard Award presented by JJ Abrams to Industrial Light & Magic, collected by John Knoll and Lynwen Brennan. Abrams says: “Mr Knoll has a box on his office shelf. It is the original release of Adobe photoshop serial number 2. His bother has number q. They invented F***ing Photoshop!”

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Visionary Vanguard Award presented by JJ Abrams to Industrial Light & Magic, collected by John Knoll and Lynwen Brennan. Abrams says: “Mr Knoll has a box on his office shelf. It is the original release of Adobe photoshop serial number 2. His bother has number 1. They invented F***ing Photoshop!”

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“The second coolest man of all time! Mr John Knoll!” Abrams

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Lynwen Brennan accepting: “Everybody at ILM puts their heart and soul and many, many hours into their work… it means a lot to us all.”

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Amanda Seyfried introduces “two fascinating women:” Eilis and Ava from Brooklyn and Ex Machina respectively

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Amanda Seyfried pulling double duty,  presents Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

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“I don’t really know who it is because I don’t have the answer. Nobody knows who wins! ” Teleprompter fail for Seyfried!

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WINNER: OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF ANINMATED THEATRICAL MOTION
PICTURES:
Inside Out

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WINNER: OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF ANIMATED THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE: Inside Out

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America Ferrera introduces the Stanley Kramer award for The Hunting Ground, (also nominated in the doc category) but before the presentation …..LADY GAGA performing Til It Happens To You a song co-written for the film with Diane Warren

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Ferrera: “So actually she’s not here…yet. SO I guess I’m singing the song…but she’s going to be here, they tell me imminently…(Awkward) Any questions? OH! SHE’S HERE!!! Please welcome THE Lady Gaga”

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20168:57 pm

Lady Gaga talks about sexual assault in her family but she’s talking so quietly we cannot hear 

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Um… that’s just Lady Gaga America…drop ‘THE’

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20169:01 pm

A powerful performance by Lady Gaga, but once again, that’s just Lady Gaga

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Accepting for The Hunting Ground: Amy Ziering. Her filmThe Invisible War received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards and won Emmy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Outstanding Investigative Journalism in 2013 and 2014 respectively

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“When our country was galvanized by xenophobia and fear – sound familiar? Stanley Kramer doubled down and showed us the consequences of such folly” – Amy Ziering

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“We pitched this story around town widely and could not elicit any interest. This is an issue we were told no one would watch, believe or care about” – Ziering

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20169:10 pm

Anthony Anderson excepts the award for Oliver saying “I’ll probably be the only brother tonight and in February getting a trophy”

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“The button on my coat just popped off!” Tony Hale, taking the stage to present non-fiction television

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WINNER: OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF NON-FICTION
TELEVISION: 
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Producers: Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki, Jason Blum

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Mark Smerling accepts the award for non-fiction describing as an “amazing revival for documentary and non-fiction television. “

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WINNER: OUTSTANDING SPORTS PROGRAM: REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

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WINNER: OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: SESAME STREET

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WINNER: OUTSTANDING DIGITAL SERIES: COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE

Denise Petski January 23, 20169:19 pm

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20169:20 pm

Viola Davis on stage to present Shonda Rhimes with the Norman Lear Achievement Award. Says Davis of Rhimes,  “She Manages the airways with shows about women with color.. The curve many people are behind was drawn by her.”


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“She’s the first solo female recipient of this award. Welcome to Shondaland!” Viola Davis

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Shonda Rhimes accepts Norman Lear award: “I would have been up here a little bit faster but the television people are put at the back of the bus”

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Shonda Rhimes accepts Normal Lear achievement award: “I would have been up here a little bit faster but the television people are put at the back of the bus”

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“I’m going to be totally honest with you – I completely deserve this!” Shonda Rhimes

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“I faced down ABC TV and they completely agreed with me that Olivia Pope should be black” – Rhimes

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Rhimes digs into diversity: “for me I was just being normal. There was no blazing and no trails. Women are smart and strong, they are not sex toys…people of color are not sassy or dangerous or wives. And people of color are never anybody’s sidekicks in real life” 

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“I’m going to be rude and just thank one person — Betsy Beers” (her producing partner) – Rhimes

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Benicio Del Toro talks more about the biggie of the night – best picture! He introduces clips of The Revenant and Sicario (the latter was skipped over by the Academy)

Denise Petski January 23, 20169:30 pm

Shonda Rhimes arriving tonight at the PGAs.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh presents for Long Form Television: “or, as it’s known in our house, binge-viewing time!”

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20169:33 pm

WINNER: OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF LONG-FORM TELEVISION: Fargo

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Warren Littlefield accepts the award for Fargo saying “I’m not going to lie, it was a bitch making Fargo this year… it was not cold enough”

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Anthony Anderson accepts the award for John Oliver saying “I’ll probably be the only brother tonight and in February getting a trophy”

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Ridley Scott presents the Milestone Award Segment to honoree Jim Gianopulos. Scott looks relaxed despite his recent Academy snub – no best director nom for The Martian!  He starts off with a joke even

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20169:37 pm

Anthony Anderson accepts the award for John Oliver (who was not able to attend) saying “I’ll probably be the only brother up here tonight and in February getting a trophy’

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“Film makers and producers are what make studios tick…make no mistake about it, we’re all bloody crazy. I’m crazy after all these years!” –Ridley Scott

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Matt Damon on a clip: “Jim’s one of the good guys!” 

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“I’m so happy for Jim. He completely deserves this” – Jennifer Lawrence on a clip

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“I’m going to introduce him but I haven’t got the award yet dude!” Ridley Scott to a stage hand

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20169:45 pm

This producers awards ceremony seems to be plagued with production problems.

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Jim Gianopulos accepts the PGA’s highest honor and cracks a joke about “Hollywood’s ongoing attempts to save Matt Damon from certain death”

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“Ridley deserves overdue recognition for his work as a director” Gianopulos jibes the Academy for passing over Scott for best director!

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Coming up next: Best documentary. I kind of want Meru to win, if only because Jimmy Chin survived a massive avalanche in the making of it

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Ray Liotta introduces the last two nominees for best picture: Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton. “They are both brutally honest” Liotta says.

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Frances Fisher present for best doc, quoting Hitchcock: “‘In feature films the director is god, in documentary films, god is the director’….what then is the producer of a documentary?”

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 20169:57 pm

WINNER: OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF DOCUMENTARY THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES: Amy

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Winner Amy is also a best documentary nom for Oscar – could this be a sign of what’s to come?

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Amy Producer “we had the huge honor of sending David Bowie this film recently. We never heard back unfortunately because maybe it was too late.” Sad words from James Gay-Rees

Denise Petski January 23, 201610:00 pm

‘Amy’ — documentary winner 

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 201610:02 pm

Up next, Clark Gregg presenting Best Episodic Television Drama or as he referred to himself;  “Marvel’s Clark Gregg”

Antonia Blyth January 23, 201610:04 pm

WINNER: EPISODIC TELEVISION–DRAMA: Game of Thrones

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HBO told us up front knights and dragons were ‘not the business they were in’ – Game of Thrones producer D.B. Weiss

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HERE IT IS!!!! THE BIG ONE COMING UP- BEST PICTURE

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WINNER: THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE: The Big Short

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Presenter Michael B. Jordan: “I had a bet I lost the bet”

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Plan B’s Jeremy Kliner and Dede Gardner accept sans Brad Pitt

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Kliner: “we want to give a shout out to our partner Brad Pitt. We love you Brad, the desire for curiosity, the desire for meaning, the desire for fairness.”

Amanda N'Duka January 23, 201610:13 pm

Michael B. Jordan confused the audience when he announced the winner.  Dede Gardner says she thought she was being called as a nominee not a winner… 

Antonia Blyth January 23, 201610:16 pm

So can we assume The Big Short will take the Oscar too? The last time PGA and Oscar didn’t agree on this award was back in 2006!!! Plan B is no stranger to the Academy for sure–12 Years a Slave won the best picture Oscar in 2014, and Selma was nominated in 2015

Antonia Blyth January 23, 201610:19 pm

Still reeling from Michael B. Jordan’s dismissive announcement of Best Picture! His mumbled, off-hand delivery sounded like he was reading a nomination not a winner (as Dede Gardner said on stage). The audience was confused and he even said he hadn’t wanted it to win (“I lost a bet”). When Kliner and Gardner came on stage, Jordan told them, “yeah, you won.” Not great presentation skills

  1. I know most of the stars are a-holes, but Michael B. Jordan needs to do a better job of hiding it in public.

  2. Show a little respect michael b Jordan. If you don’t want to be there, then don’t tarnish the moment for someone else

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