The 28th Annual PGA Awards have been handed out at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
Awards season darling La La Land took the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, the PGA’s equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar. There’s often a correlation between the Oscars best picture winner and the PGA film winner, but there also have been wild discrepencies. The Big Short took the PGA’s top film prize last year, but the Best Picture Oscar went to Spotlight. So stay tuned on that.
In addition to the top film and TV winners, the PGA presented its highest honorary award, the 2017 Milestone Award to Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Pictures Group Chairman Tom Rothman, its annual Norman Lear Award For Television to James L. Brooks, and its 2017 David O. Selznick Achievement Award to Irwin Winkler. Focus Features’ Loving received the guild’s Stanley Kramer Award as a production that “illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues,” and Annapurna producer Megan Ellison received the Visionary Award.
Here’s how it all went down.
We’re about to kick things off here at the Beverly Hilton
Honorees tonight include prolific producer James L. Brooks of The Edge of Seventeen, producer Megan Ellison, Sony Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group Chairman Tom Rothman and producer Irwin Winkler, one of the individuals behind Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating Silence.
Receiving the Stanley Kramer Award will be Loving, from director Jeff Nichols
Longform TV is the first category being announced here at the PGAs.
Nicole Kidman on stage presenting the David L. Wolper Award
Historically, the PGAs are a great barometer for Oscar’s best picture winner. However, last year there was a disconnect as ‘The Big Short’ took best feature at the PGAs and Spotlight went on to take Oscar’s best picture.
In 2014, there was a tie for best picture at the PGAs: Gravity and 12 Years a Slave; the latter would go on to win best picture while Gravity would take home 7 Oscars including best director for Alfonso Cuaron.
Having technical issues in the press room. Milestone Award is up next, that being Tom Rothman. Hugh Jackman is presenting
Montage of clips from Tom Rothman’s storied career being presented
Rothman’s two daughters on stage in “pussy” hats
Rothman’s daughter was involved with the Hillary Clinton campaign in Colorado, she says. “It went great.”
“Neither of us are bitter, at all.”
Amy Adams on stage, presenting clips from tonight’s nominees. “Arrival‘s an extraordinary movie, rich in depth, and it stars a female protagonist who is strong, intelligent, in control.”
Now, Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller
Wearing a Deadpool tie?
“Arrival was the ‘A’ picture. The Producers’ Guild is smart enough not to nominate a B picture, and certainly not a C.”
Miller thanks the producers who took the risk on Deadpool, “about a superhero none of us knew or cared about, but soon became the most beloved anti-hero in [contemporary] cinema.”
Justin Timberlake : “#Alternativefacts”
“I know for ten years we were feeling like it would be a major accomplishment just to make the series and have it see the light of day. We would not be standing here tonight were it not for Netflix.” — Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
Making a Murderer (Season 1)
Producers: Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos
“Just a final thought. For those who know a little of the story of how this came together, how scrappy it was, but how we stuck with it…Things get made because of producers. We hope that our personal story of doing that will inspire others. If you think there’s a story that needs to be told, pursue it.” — Moira Demos
Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
The Voice (Season 9-11)
Producers: Audrey Morrissey, Jay Bienstock, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker, Carson Daly
Thandie Newton discussing history-making Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner in relation to Loving.
“It’s wonderfully coincidental that 50 years later a beautiful film about the Lovings has appeared.”
“Could there be a better title for a film than Loving?” she says, introducing the Stanley Kramer Award-winning film.
Beautiful closing title card: “Love is love”
“We may lose the small battles, but we will win the big war,” Newton quotes.
Colin Firth accepting the Stanley Kramer Award as one of the film’s producers
“Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint where a story begins, but everybody on this stage was somewhere in the late ’60s, and I knew nothing about the case. But what I did know about, 3,000 miles away, at the age of about 7, was Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? My mother sat me down and made me watch it because it was an important film, which was a new concept to me.”— Colin Firth
“Being nine years old and having nothing of what can be described as a social conscience, it just got in my head, and it’s been there ever since. It taught me that a film can make you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, that it can take you to a place where social prejudice, all the fears that contrive to divide us suddenly make no sense. They are passed into pure abstraction when you get a close look at an actual person, especially when love comes into it.”
“I am deeply committed to vacuous entertainment, escapist froth; even a casual glance at my career will tell you that. But I think Stanley Kramer has challenged us, really, to use what we do as an instrument for empathy. I would echo the words we heard at the beginning of this evening — Now more than ever, it is vital to find stories that do that. This is for Mildred and Richard Loving, for the ACLU, for everyone who is fighting for their civil rights, and for everyone who’s families are being separated by the discrimination and violence.”
“Fences waited 30 years until it found our very own Denzel Washington. He revived it on Broadway, and with his passionate fellow producers, they finally brought Fences to screens. It’s actually a piece of artistic history. August has been gone for 11 years but his vision is so strong, his words, uncompromising.” — Mykelti Williamson, setting up a clip from Fences
“You’ll be glad to know tonight’s event is only running 35 minutes over.” – James Corden
“Some of you won’t know this, but I was the original person who was cast as the Wolverine in the X-Men movies. I was nervous, I’m not going to lie. I couldn’t quite get to grips with it, and then Tom Rothman, who was the big cheese, he walk up to me with two cups of diet coke, and he was like a brother to me. And he said, Do you want to get lunch next week? I said yeah, and he said, We’re going to let you go…I think I need a song-and-dance bloke from Australia. Where is he?”
“Who’s had the last laugh? Because I walked off that set crying, and when he fires me, he fucking follows me to Cape Cod where I’m teaching my daughter to ride a bike. Who’s had the last laugh? Because I left that movie set and I host a television show that airs at 12:37 in the morning.”
Rothman made it up to Corden by casting him in The Emoji Movie, Corden says.
Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy: Atlanta (Season 1)
Producers: Donald Glover, Dianne McGunigle, Paul Simms, Hiro Murai, Alex Orr
Kathryn Bigelow, introducing Megan Ellison, recipient of the Visionary Award, recalls the producer signing onto Zero Dark Thirty without a flicker of doubt, not withdrawing even after Osama Bin Laden was killed during development, requiring an entirely new approach.
“Hollywood is a community of insiders that rarely let my kind, an outsider, in. To earn your respect for my work is truly moving. Amy Pascal, you’re more important to me than you’ll ever realize. Amy took me under her wing in many ways. Early in my career she took me under my wing because she was worried about me.” — Megan Ellison
“She told me, women don’t own anything, they move their way up the corporate ladder, and until they do, nothing can really change.”
“This is my first job. I’m so fortunate that I get to spend my life telling stories. This will be a life-long pursuit for me. My father wanted me to go into politics. But when my brother and I decided to go into this business, my father asked what he did wrong. But then I think of Walt Disney who said, ‘. We don’t make movies to make money. We make money to make more movies.'”
“Movies are the portrait of the people who make them, and I get to see behind the veil.”
“I do this because it’s the best way I know how to affect change. Annapurna is a company founded on otherness. We aspire to be a safe environment for artists and dreamers so that the voices that need to be heard are there for anyone that needs them. There’s so much power in these walls. The scariest thing we could do now is shut up.”
“We may not be curing cancer, but we have the power of visibility.”
“Few of us may be affected by a Ban on Muslim refugees, but we need to share our power with those who are silenced and vulnerable. The only way I know how to safely handle power is to spread it around, so please share it.”
Hidden Figures stars celebrating huge box office success, “which not even a math genius could have predicted”
“Many of you may know me as Luther, Obama’s anger translator. I’m also an improviser so tonight I thought I’d open Trump’s twitter page and come up with some things on the fly.”— Keegan-Michael Key
“How many scientists does it to take the President? Oh wait, three more just came in. This one’s about Iran. I got it…’Donald Trump, the Iatola and Clint Eastwood walk into a bar. Oh wait, 17 just came in….Angela Merkel is a four. No, you’re a tangerine.”
“Rick Perry is going to run the EPA…ok what am I supposed to do with that? That’s already a joke.”
Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 3)
Producers: Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Liz Stanton
Producers couldn’t be here to accept this award.
Outstanding Children’s Program:
Outstanding Sports Program: TIE
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Season 22)
VICE World of Sports (Season 1)
Outstanding Digital Series:
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Season 7, Season 8)
“Let me start with Mary [Tyler Moore]. She was the woman at the center of our work who never complained, who made grace contagious. I want to give you all the opportunity to pay her tribute, so let’s have a hand for Mary.”— James L. Brooks, accepting the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
“These are times we could all use a solid group hug.”
“Television is the place where people still lean forward when you say, ‘I have a crazy idea.'”
“This is a movie where we’re all scared for what’s happening in our country. This is a film about love, about dreams and about this lovely city we call home, Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers. We are the voice, we are the face, of America. Our America is big, it is free, and it is open to dreamers of all races, all countries, all religions. Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that.” — John Legend, La La Land
“My wife and I were conflicted about being here tonight, but we wanted to put our money where our mouth is, and we donated to the ACLU and other organizations who are committed to fighting for freedom in the land of the free. Let’s all continue to stand up together for what is right.”
“That was an amazing speech. I can’t follow that so I’m just going to read the teleprompter.” — Dev Patel
“The directors had a vision to tell a story about the dangers of bias and stereotype. They believed there was no reason an animated film couldn’t talk about celebrating diversity, especially when some are using fear to divide us.”— Clark Spencer, Zootopia
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Producer: Clark Spencer
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese are now sharing the stage
…presenting the David O. Selznick award to Irwin Winkler
“According to IMDB, The Comedian, which comes out next week, has 29 producers, plus five producing companies. And if there are any of my producers here tonight, please introduce yourself so I can thank you.”— Robert De Niro
“Irwin is one of the handful of pioneers who crossed the bridge from the old studio system to the Hollywood of today. He’s made movies in every genre.” — Martin Scorsese
De Niro is looking forward to working again with Marty and Irwin on the forthcoming The Irishman
“This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize what the Guild has done for producers. Those clips you saw represent the work of hundreds of artists, actors, writers, directors, producers.”— Irwin Winkler
“Along the way, I met Bob and Marty. We’ve had a really great friendship and professional friendship, loving friendship. We went through the birth of children, grandchildren, marriages, some divorces. Not mine, by the way.”
“My grandpa came as a refugee in 1904. So I’m a refugee, because of my grandfather, and all of us are refugees. None of us are excluded. We’re all refugees.”
“in these times we need filmmakers to shine a light on the truth,” says Rami Malek presenting the documentary category.
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
O.J.: Made in America
Producers: Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow
“This is a tough day. Being in this room tonight has been a strange experience. I want to echo John Legend. We’re threatening to build walls and closing our borders and I’m standing here as a direct descendent of the Loving/Virginia decision. I’m at least heartened to be standing here on a night when we are honoring that incredible film and those incredible people. Please, producers in the room, keep telling stories about our humanity, our country, about the world we want to live in.” — Ezra Edelman, accepting the documentary producing award
And now, to the tune of “Moon River”, the In Memoriam
“We’ll miss you,” the closing card says.
A first win tonight for newcomer series Stranger Things.
Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama
Stranger Things (Season 1)
Producers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, Iain Paterson
And now, for the final award of the night! Presented by Dustin Hoffman
“The good news is I’m going to be the shortest of the night,” in both senses.
“On behalf of Fred Berger and Jordon Horowitz, I want to thank the PGA. We love producing, we are very honored, we feel very honored to be part of this community and the global community of producers who have created such a broad range of powerful stories. Damien Chazelle with La La Land has created a story about the sacrifices that artists make in pursuit of their passions and dreams. Tonight we celebrate all of us fools who sacrifice and struggle yet tirelessly try and achieve our artistic dreams, and facilitate the dreams of so many others. — Marc Platt, accepting Daryl Zanuck award for La La Land
“On behalf of Fred Berger and Jordon Horowitz, I want to thank the PGA. We love producing, we are very honored, we feel very honored to be part of this community and the global community of producers who have created such a broad range of powerful stories. Damien Chazelle with La La Land has created a story about the sacrifices that artists make in pursuit of their passions and dreams. Tonight we celebrate all of us fools who sacrifice and struggle yet tirelessly try and achieve our artistic dreams, and facilitate the dreams of so many others.” — Marc Platt, accepting Daryl Zanuck award for La La Land
“Lastly, we hope that we all, like Mia and Seb in our film, can continue to do what we love to do. Now more than ever, we must believe that love can change our lives, much as it can change the world.”
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
La La Land
Producers: Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
That’s all folks. From all of us here at the Beverly Hilton, good night.