The 30th annual Producers Guild Awards are being handed out at the Beverly Hilton tonight, and Deadline is live blogging all the action. Trophies will be presented in 13 categories spanning film and television, and we will be updating the winners list live.
The 10 films vying for the marquee Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures are a varied and diverse lot jammed with this year’s awards-season favorites: Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite; Green Book, A Quiet Place; Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice.
There aren’t many better harbingers for the Best Picture Oscar than the film that wins the PGA’s top honor. The producers’ choice has gone on to win the Academy Award 20 times in the PGA Awards’ 29-year history, including The Shape of Water last year.
Read the full list of winners here.
The 2019 Producers Guild Awards are ramping up at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA., and we are live from backstage…
The award for TV comedy will be handed out first tonight — officially called the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy.
Past recipients of the PGA career honors includes legends dating back to Alfred Hitchcock, Walt Disney, Billy Wilder and Louis B. Mayer.
Among the more recent recipients are such heavyweights as Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, J.J. Abrams, Steven Bochco, Clint Eastwood, Sherry Lansing, Robert Evans, Roger Corman and Lorne Michaels.
This is technically the first ‘industry’ awards show of the season voted on by those actually working in the motion picture industry. Critics Choice and Golden Globes where voted upon by journalists. The film that wins the top prize tonight could very well go on to win the Oscar. Meaning if Netflix’s ‘Roma’ takes it, it’s bound for a strong strong run.
The PGA Awards’ nominees breakfast was held today at the Skirball Cultural Center. Here’s how Deadline’s David Robb reported it:
This 30th annual edition of the PGA Awards has relocated its calendar position to the long weekend leading into Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Just before the ceremony’s start, the change of date was noted by Vance Van Petten, the PGA’s National Executive Director, who said it was appropriate to share the weekend with a “man who stood for peace, decency and dignity, some things the world is painfully always short of…”
True, ‘Roma’ isn’t nominated at the SAGs in the cast ensemble. That award win is typically a bellwhether as actors are biggest largest voting body in AMPAS. But a ‘Roma’ win here could change the race entirely.
Mindy Kaling presenting the episodic comedy award: “Why isn’t the PGAs televised?” She loves the fact that she can be candid.
This year’s nominees for the marquee Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures include only one of the year’s 11 top-grossing domestic films.
That one, though, is Black Panther, which led everyone with $700 million.
Robert Downey Jr is here bestowing the David Selznick Achievement in Theatrical Motion Pictures award. “The spirited Don Rickles is in the house,” says the Iron Man thespian.
Amy Pascal and Donald De Line are producing tonight’s PGA show. They are classmates from way back.
Tonight’s show is expected to run like clockwork, unlike some (cough cough) other guild shows where cutlery dropping, long silence pauses, audience noise fill a four-hour running frame.
Robert Downey Jr.’s ode to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is, no surprise, a charismatic barrage of loopy observations, ironic asides and wise-guy zingers as the expense of the genial but fairly shy Feige. “A modern-day Midas but he acts like a fanboy,” Downey said. “He never even bought a nice car…he’s a good human in a position of power something sorely lacking in our society…”
Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel just keeps putting its competition to shame at the major awards shows, scoring its second consecutive PGA Award for TV comedy. That follows wins at the Emmys last year and the Golden Globes a couple weeks ago.
Its creator-producer Amy Sherman-Palladino is among tonight’s career award recipients — the Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television. Her credits also include Gilmore Girls, Veronica’s Closet, Bunheads and the original Roseanne.
Oddly the theme from “Shaft” accompanies Kevin Feige to the stage…the mastermind of the Marvel Universe acknowledged Robert Downey Jr. for his introduction and for his youthful good looks. Feige said he hasn’t fared as well during his 10-year run as Hollywood’s hottest producer. “I look like I chose the wrong grail…” When the wry aside fell flat, Feige explained it was a reference to “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Adding: “Everyone at my table got that one…”
That say that cat Fiege is a bad mutha–
Sterling K. Brown is presenting clips from Black Panther, the first of 10 nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Octavia Spencer is presenting the next trophy, for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
This is the 30th edition of the PGA Awards. What was the winner of the best motion picture race in its first year? That would have been “Driving Miss Daisy,” which went on to win the Oscar for best picture — much to the chagrin of many cultural observers who thought “Do the Right Thing” was more deserving. Spike Lee is back in the mix this year with “BlackkKlansman’
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 10)
Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*
Amy Sherman-Palladino is about to receive her Norman Lear Award.
Producer Tom Campbell, accepting the PGA prize in the game and competition category, salutes the show’s namesake talent as one of the “most fearless pioneers” of the LGBT community.
That’s the second PGA Award for Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown but its first since 2014. It has been nominated every year since, though.
Its star Anthony Bourdain death in June was ruled a suicide. Here’s Deadline’s obituary:
Amy Sherman-Palladino introduction includes a quote attributed to the creative mind behind “Gilmore Girls” and “Marvelous Miss Maisel”: “In Hollywood no one should ever be in charge of anything unless it’s women and we should just be in charge of everything.”
“Marvelous Miss Maisel” producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, hefting her just-acquired PGA trophy, sighed and cracked wise. “A dinner and a prize? A Jewish girl’s favorite Saturday night.”
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures
Producers: Sarah Green, Ramin Bahrani, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, David Coatsworth
Producer Sarah Green on HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451” and its source material, the dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury that takes its title from the burning point of paper. “Sadly it’s as relevant today as it was when he wrote it 65 years ago.”
The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television:
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Season 2)
Producers: Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tom Rob Smith, Daniel Minahan, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Chip Vucelich, Maggie Cohn, Eric Kovtun, Lou Eyrich, Eryn Krueger Mekash
Norman Lear just had his namesake career award given to Amy Sherman-Palladino, and now he is onstage to present the 2019 Visionary Award to Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.
Barris also created the Freeform spinoff Grown-ish and co-wrote the comedy blockbuster Girls Trip with Tracy Oliver. That film was the first comedy of 2017 to cross $100 million domestically.
The unsinkable Norman Lear arrives at the microphone looking — befuddled? No it turns out that expression is merely mischievous look. Among his wisecracks: “How can a man f—– prepare for this?” “Do you know how many nights I’ve spent in this room?” The TV icon also referred to Amy Sherman-Palladino as “the little Jewish girl who apparently married a goy. Palladino? Where’d that come from?”
Kenya Barris said his background — a kid with asthma and limited opportunities — capped his ambitions for a time. “My dream stopped at ‘good-job-at-the-post-office.'” That changed and, according to Barris, a big part of that was Norman Lear’s friendship and support and example. “That’s my boy right there,” the “Black-ish” creator said nodding to Lear. Barris added that his success allowed him to take his family to see “Hamilton” where they played a game called “count the black people” in the audience. “There wasn’t that many…”
Still have a few TV awards to dole out before the Producers Guild goes to the movies. Outstanging Sports, Children’s and Shortform trophies are in the wings.
Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live brought Alec Baldwin back as Donald Trump to play Deal or No Deal on the government shutdown. Check it out here.
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 5)
Three more winners just announced:
The Award for Outstanding Short-Form Program
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Season 5)
The Award for Outstanding Sports Program
Being Serena (Season 1)
The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program
Sesame Street (Season 48)
With black suits, white shirts and slender black ties, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen look like the Malibu field office of “Men in Black”
If only Larry David would presenter-bomb Danson and Steenburgen
At the microphone to accept her award Jane Fonda paused to playfully snap at Mary Steenburgen, “Get off my dress!” She also pantomimed taking a long drag off of a joint and said women are better producers simply because they “don’t need to proper their manhood.”
Stand proud Snuffleupagus: The award for outstanding children’s program goes to the most venerable nominee in the mix. “Sesame Street” will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year and is still paving the way.
Heck, even the Count doesn’t go up to 50.
I guess the Letters of the Day are PGA.
In accepting the Stanley Kramer award, Fonda reminded the room that like the legendary message-movie maker, she’s also been a part of socially conscious films like 9 to 5, China Syndrome and Coming Home. She is an EP on Skydance/Netflix’s ‘Grace and Frankie’
Fonda marveled how the PGA is made up of “50% women…that’s really important because if that’s not the case, you’re missing out on half the story. It’s not that we’re better, we just don’t have our masculinity to prove.”
The women’s march in downtown Los Angeles this morning drew tens of thousands of participants and the their spirit and message echoed in the speeches and introductions all night. When Jane Fonda said women make better producers than men she also credited the gender for the night’s food, set decoration and logistical smoothness. Men in the audience mostly clapped, albeit mildly
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Producers: Avi Arad, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” producer Phil Lord : “Thanks for letting us up here even though we look like 40 year old babies.” He continued the night’s drumbeat of inclusion and representation by saying that young black fans have been looking to Miles Morales character and saying “He looks like me.”
Spider-Verse followed up with Golden Globe triumph this month and topped a strong field to win the toon feature prize. It certainly has Oscar momentum, but let’s see how it fares at the Annie Awards in two weeks.
Avi Arad, one of the producers of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” acknowledged the passing of the famously gregarious Stan Lee, the beloved comic book industry icon who died in November. “Stan Lee was the goodness that’s in all of us.”
That leaves us with just the TV Drama prize — which went to the final season of FX’s The Americans at the Globes — along with documentary feature and motion picture.
What a strong year 2018 was for feature documentaries. Your nominees:
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Into the Okavango
The Dawn Wall
Once again, the theme from “Shaft” is the unexpected musical accompaniment for a presenter coming to the stage, this time Bradley Cooper…
Funny how a Best Picture Oscar continues to elude superhero movies but the toon trophy has been claimed by Pixar’s The Incredibles (2004) and Big Hero 6 (2014).
Of course, billion-dollar baby Incredibles 2 was up for the PGA tonight as well.
Warner Bros Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich on picking up the Milestone Award: “I really have no idea how I got here. Although I did take Sunset to Whittier…” Maybe he thought he was getting the Mileage Award…
Or maybe the Bridgestone Award…
The most closely watched category at the Producers Guild of America Award is the competition for Best Theatrical Motion Picture — also known as the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. The race is viewed as a bellwether of the looming Oscar competition for the best motion picture honors. How accurate is it? In its 29-year history, the PGA Awards have synched up with the Oscars on 21 honorees and veered in direction on eight occasions.
Two of those PGA winners that lost the Best Picture Oscar were in the past three years: La La Land and The Big Short, which came up short against Moonlight and Spotlight, respectively.
Oddly, two of the films that won Oscars after losing the PGA prize were produced, directed by and starred Clint Eastwood: Unforgiven in 1993 and Million Dollar Baby 11 years later. They lost the respective Producers Guild hardwar to The Crying Game and The Aviator.
The most closely watched category at the Producers Guild of America Award is the competition for Best Theatrical Motion Picture — also known as the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. The race is viewed as a bellwether of the looming Oscar competition for the best motion picture honors. How accurate is it? In its 29-year history, the PGA Awards have synched up with the Oscars on 21 honorees and veered in direction on eight occasions. It’s actually 21 of 29 if the you count 2013, when 12 Years a Slave tied for the PGA with Gravity before going on to take the Oscar.
The most closely watched category at the Producers Guild of America Award is the competition for Best Theatrical Motion Picture — also known as the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. The race is viewed as a bellwether of the looming Oscar competition for the best motion picture honors. How accurate is it? In its 29-year history, the PGA Awards have synched up with the Oscars on 20 honorees and veered in direction on eight occasions. It’s actually 21 of 29 if the you count 2013, when 12 Years a Slave tied for the PGA with Gravity before going on to take the Oscar.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” wins and the producr are ushered to the stage by the familiar tones of…the theme from “Shaft.”
Before she presented the award for documentary film, presenter Regina King pointed to a friend in the audience. “There’s a black face.” Scanning the room she noted that there weren’t many other tables with black faces. The comment got a somewhat muted response, possibly because the night’s winners have been culturally and racially diverse and vocal about a surging spirit of inclusion in the nominated works…
Regina King finished strong by flirting Norman Lear, who had been both sweet and salty during his presentation. “I’d like to add some years to that laugh,” King added when Lear brightened up at the attention.
Ben Stiller, presenting the award for episodic drama series, reached the stage right after the evocative and somber sequence honoring the industry’s recently deceased: “I’d like to thank the Producers Guild for bringing me on after …that. This would have been a good spot for a commercial break if this was actually televised. Which actually begs the question of what we are all doing here.” The epitome of a deadpan moment…
Green Book is your winner for Best Picture
Formally known as The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture
Peter Farrelly accepts the award for “Green Book” by saying he had never even heard of the Producers Guild Awards until recently. He also delivered the quote of the night. “When you make ‘Dumb and Dumber’ you don’t ever expect to get an award.”
Green Book winner Peter Farrelly said the success of the film and the chance to make movies is it’s own reward. Hefting the award he said it was a luxury he didn’t really expect. “This award, to me, is like Warren Buffett winning the lottery.”
That will do it for our 2019 PGA Awards live blog. See you later down the long and winding road that is awards season. Good night.