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.
20th 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 with 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”.
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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.
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Lady Gaga was a late arrival, but 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
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
Outstanding Digital Series
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