PGA Awards: 'The Big Short' Wins Top Film Prize; 'Game Of Thrones' Takes Drama; 'Transparent' Nabs Comedy

The Big Short won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 27th annual PGA Awards tonight in Los Angeles, staking its claim, per recent history, as Oscar frontrunner. Inside Out continued its awards run following its Golden Globe and Critics Choice wins, taking the Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures nod. Amy took the award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. It also won best documentary at the Critics Choice Awards last week.

Jim Gianopulos20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos received the PGA’s highest honor, the 2016 Milestone Award, presented by Ridley Scott. The award recognizes an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry.

Shonda Rhimes was honored 27th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards - Showwith the 2016 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. In the initial announcement, co-chairs Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said Rhimes, “recognized for her pioneering work on Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder, has redefined the role of women in media and spurred the debate about diversity in television.” In her acceptance remarks, Rhimes addressed the diversity issue perfectly, saying “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”.

On the TV side, Game Of Thrones took the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Drama and Transparent took the top honor in comedy, winning the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy. The Voice won Outstanding Producer of Competition Television.

Lady Gaga was a late arrival, 27th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards - Showbut certainly one of the highlights of the night, with her performance of original song “Til It Happens to You” from nominated documentary The Hunting Ground. The full list of winners is below:

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

The Big Short
Producers: Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Inside Out
Producer: Jonas Rivera

Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

Producer: James Gay-Rees

Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama

Game of Thrones (Season 5)
Producers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, Bryan Cogman, Lisa McAtackney, Chris Newman, Greg Spence

Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy

Transparent (Season 1)
Producers: Jill Soloway, Andrea Sperling, Victor Hsu, Nisha Ganatra, Rick Rosenthal, Bridget Bedard

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

Fargo (Season 2)
Producers: Noah Hawley, John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Warren Littlefield, Kim Todd

Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 2)
Producers: Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Liz Stanton

Outstanding Producer of Competition Television

The Voice (Seasons 7 and 8)
Producers: Audrey Morrissey, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Marc Jansen, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker, Carson Daly

Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (Season 1)
Producers: Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki, Jason Blum

Outstanding Sports Program

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Outstanding Children’s Program

Sesame Street

Outstanding Digital Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

    1. It must be exciting listening to good humor at the ceremony, indeed i am accustomed to it in a silly fashion. Those actors who took on big banking have or had there work cut out for them. I loved Steve Carrel on NBC in the sitcom “the office.” He was on the show seven seasons before he decided to leave the show. I’m trying to put together a referendum, noting how influential Boston and Bostonians are around the U.S. Manchester was my main idea with my methods leading to perhaps a flawless guess. Manchester basically just blew-me-away.

    1. No. The Big Short is a black comedy and comedies never win Best Picture unless they are about show business (Birdman, The Artist, Chicago, Shakespeare in Love).

  1. Part of me is genuinely curious to see what would happen if this or the other front-runner with the huge yet all-Caucasian cast, Spotlight, ended up winning Best Picture next month. You know, in the trainwreck sense.

  2. No more scripts with sidekicks of any kind allowed, one would guess… (even though nobody is ever really “white” either…)

  3. The last time a film with just five Oscar nominations managed to win the Oscar for Best Picture was The Departed in 2006 – coincidentally nominated for the exact same five Oscars that The Big Short has been. The Departed was however a significant commercial hit ($289M worldwide vs TBS $72M worldwide), had the prestige of Martin Scorcese as opposed to Adam McKay, and was a drama instead of a comedy. The PGA choice that year was, ironically, a comedy, Little Miss Sunshine.

  4. Well I personally did not like The Big Short. But congrats to Brad I guess. At least those annoying people from Revenant did not get it.

    Lets hope it will be at the Oscars that way. They can give Best Director to George Miller for Mad Max and best picture to Big Short. I’ll be fine with that.

  5. SHORT comes up BIG with the Darryl F. Zanuck Award. It really is picking up a lot of momentum heading towards the Oscars.

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