UPDATED with final results: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water solidified its status as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner in a season where there are several, taking home the top honor at the 29th annual PGA Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton.
On the TV side, a pair of streaming series rookies — Amazon’s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hulu’s drama The Handmaid’s Tale — came away with marquee honors.
Del Toro, who won the Best Director Golden Globe already, was not in attendance tonight to receive the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Instead, his Water co-star Richard Jenkins wrote a note from del Toro explaining he was in Mexico with his ailing father.
Read Jenkins: “I would like to ask of you all to allow me then to dedicate a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my mother, to whom my infinite gratitude belongs, and in turn as a father to offer to my kids also, may they be free to pursue their dreams and fantasies and may they stand by my side when I fade away.”
Other winners tonight included Disney/Pixar’s Coco, Abramorama’s documentary Jane, A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, NBC’s The Voice, Netflix’s Black Mirror and HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
The PGA also bestowed its annual special honors on Universal hairman Donna Langley with the Milestone Award, Charles Roven with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, Ryan Murphy with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Ava DuVernay with the Visionary Award, and Get Out with the Stanley Kramer Award.
Several of the honorees mentioned Allison Shearmur, the tastemaker producer who passed away yesterday. “She was an extraordinary friend to many in the room,” Langley said during her speech.
Read the full list of winners below the live blog.
Here’s how it all went down:
8:01 PM: The show should be starting soon, after sponsor Cadillac spent the pre-show giving away cars for a week to someone at each table in the ballroom.
8:07 PM: PGA Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary are taking the stage and the ceremony is underway. They are addressing sexual harassment right off the bat. McCreary: “It’s our duty to protect the teams working with us.” The PGA earlier this week unveiled new guidelines for its members.
8:12 PM: WINNER: Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures – Coco (Producer: Darla K. Anderson)
8:13 PM: Anderson onstage: “As we know, cinema is a powerful means for engendering empathy… Now is the time for more diversity and building bridges across the world. Respect matters, dignity matters and keeping families together matters. Finally this award is dedicated to the country and people of Mexico.”
8:15 PM: Judd Apatow is now presenting the PGA’s Milestone Award to Universal’s Donna Langley. It’s the first of five honorary awards tonight. He went through a laundry list of people who turned down the task of introducing her: Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, the bear from Ted and Kevin Spacey. (Note: Apatow is emceeing the DGA Awards next month.) As for Langley he says, “She takes chances” and “she is creating opportunities for women and people of color — something our industry needs to work on.”
8:26 PM: Langley has done 10 films with Apatow, to which she joked: “He learned a lot from me…you’re welcome.” She also took a moment to address the death of fellow producer Allison Shearmur yesterday of lung cancer at age 54: “She was an extraordinary friend to many in the room.”
8:33 PM: More from Langley: “I may only be the third woman to receive this award tonight. But if we get this right, I’m going to be far from the last.”
8:34 PM: The awards are interspersed with clips from the Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture category nominees. Good intro from Kumail Nanjiani just now for The Big Sick: He said he pitched different names for the movie including “Pakistani-Hall” and “Who’s Coma to Dinner.” Timothee Chalamet followed with a clip from Call Me By Your Name — not as funny, but he tried.
8:37 PM: WINNER – Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Season 1, Season 2) (Producers: Leah Remini, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Myles Reiff, Adam Saltzberg, Erin Gamble, Lisa Rosen, Grainne Byrne, Taylor Levin, Alex Weresow, Rachelle Mendez)
8:38 PM: Remini onstage: “As producers you know what it means to take a risk, to back a bold project. Recognition by our peers means a lot when you’re trying to change the status quo… that’s A&E for “having the balls to air this. And I couldn’t be more grateful to how our audiences have embraced this conversation… the goliath that has been Scientology, an organization that uses its power and its money to intimidate… it is their policy to actually do so. But as evidenced tonight, they have not succeeded. To our brave contributors who have endured the pain of … there’s an awakening going on and hopefully in part because of the important work that producers are doing.”
8:43 PM: WINNER – Outstanding Producer of Competition Television – The Voice (Season 12, Season 13) (Producers: John de Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson, Jay Bienstock, Stijn Bakkers, Mike Yurchuk, Teddy Valenti, Carson Daly)
8:46 PM: Norman Lear is presenting Get Out with the Stanley Kramer Award, which goes to “a production, producer or other individuals whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Lear certainly knows about that. Loving won this award last year.
8:47 PM: From Lear, who says he’s seen the film three times. “The gift of Jordan Peele’s movie is about the terror of being black in America. The movie itself is terrifying. It’s a horror movie where the black guy isn’t the first one being killed… a lot of the success of Get Out comes from its freshness.”
8:56 PM: Nice start from Peele: There is no Get Out without Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, referencing Kramer.
9:01 PM: More Peele: “When I set out to do this movie, I had to ask myself, what really scares me? I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not white people. It’s silence. Get Out is my protest against that. … That’s how I came up with the idea for the sunken place… the sunken place is the system that silences the voice of women, minorities, of other people. It’s the system … it’s where we are relegated to when the screams of police brutality go ignored. The sunken place.. for the dignity and disrespect for Haiti…. The sunken place is the President who calls athletes sons of bitches for expressing their believes on the field, and the homeland of our most beautiful immigrants shitholes. Every day there was proof that we are in the sunken place.”
9:05 PM: WINNER – David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Black Mirror (Season 4) (Producers: Annabel Jones, Charlie Brooker)
9:06 PM: Remember, this was the category that Big Little Lies was in before HBO ordered a second season. It’s now in the Episodic Drama race which is still to come. That was no easy switch by the PGA: The guild notified members of the change two days after TV voting had begun — the votes that had been cast were annulled, and the voting had to restart.
9:09 PM: Reese Witherspoon onstage now, introducing Ava DuVernay with the Visionary Award.
9:17 PM: DuVernay also recognized Alli Shearmur to start her speech. Then DuVernay: “I was excited to come here today, because we’re gathering on another historic day of the women’s march. It’s an interesting day because we had the women’s march in the midst of a government shutdown.”
9:27 PM: WINNER – Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 4) (Producers: John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton)
9:28 PM: No Oliver reps in attendance tonight. Presenter Frankie Shaw from SMILF accepted for them.
9:30 PM: Slew of WINNERS – Outstanding Children’s Program: Sesame Street; Outstanding Sports Program: Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel; Outstanding Short Form Program: Carpool Karaoke
9:32 PM: Patty Jenkins is presenting Charles Roven with the honorary David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. They’re up for the big prize later tonight too.
9:40 PM: Roven (after telling Jenkins she’s an amazing filmmaker): “I’ve had many great experiences in this room, starting with my bar mitzvah. No it’s true. I literally became a man here on this stage. As a matter of fact, I’m gonna read from the Torah tonight. No I’m just kidding.”
9:44 PM: More Roven: “I certainly wouldn’t be here if I didn’t work with immensely talented people. My first wife, before she passed was Dawn Steel. She was one of the first women to run a major studio. She dedicated her career to lifting other women up through the ranks. There is evidence here tonight.” (Steel, who ran Columbia Pictures, died in 1997 at age 51 of a brain tumor.)
9:50 PM: Tom Hanks introduces The Post clip, and jokes that their were “f*cking dial phones” in the film because cell phones didn’t exist at the time.
9:54 PM: WINNER – Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 1) (Producers: Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Sheila Lawrence, Dhana Rivera Gilbert)
9:56 PM: Amy Sherman-Palladino accepts the award and drops plenty of f-bombs. She can do what she wants, though, her Amazon show is sweeping through awards season, most recently the Golden Globes.
9:58 PM: Gwyneth Paltrow is presenting the Norman Lear Achievement Award in TV to Ryan Murphy, the final honoree of the night.
10:06 PM: Ryan Murphy’s speech — he’s had his own Norman Lear moment. “So back to 1999 when I first started, I decided that’s what I want to do, create. … I was told no constantly, and I felt doomed. … not allowed in. And then miraculously in those dark days I got a phone call out of the blue and it was Norman Lear. And Norman had watched me work – ‘Keep doing what you are doing, I see you, don’t give up.’ And so I didn’t, and that’s because of Norman.”
10:20 PM: WINNER – Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures: Jane (Producers: Brett Morgen, Bryan Burk, Tony Gerber, James Smith)
10:25 PM: Here comes the PGA’s In Memoriam segment. They did include Allison Shearmur, who has been mentioned several times tonight. She passed away just yesterday. The In Memoriam segment is set to “Remember Me” from Coco, the film which won the animation category earlier tonight.
10:28 PM: WINNER – The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1) (Producers: Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joseph Boccia, Elisabeth Moss, Kira Snyder, Leila Gerstein)
10:30 PM: Warren Littlefield accepts the award for Handmaid’s Tale, saying Hulu had the wisdom to develop this series and then make it.
10:34 PM: WINNER – The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: The Shape Of Water (Producers: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale)
10:36 PM: Producer J. Miles Dale and co-star Richard Jenkins are accepting, saying Guillermo del Toro did not attend — “at home in Mexico next to his father’s bed,” Jenkins said. He reads a letter from the director:
I’m sorry I couldn’t be there. Tonight I stand by the side of my father’s bed in my hometown in Mexico. I would like to ask of you all to allow me then to dedicate a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my mother, to whom my infinite gratitude belongs and and in turn as a father to offer to my kids also, may they be free to pursue their dreams and fantasies and may they stand by my side when I fade away.
10:38 PM: That’s it for tonight — now it’s on to the SAG Awards tomorrow.
Here’s the official list of winners:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
“The Shape of Water”
Producers: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Producer: Darla K. Anderson
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures
Producers: Brett Morgen, Bryan Burk, Tony Gerber, James Smith
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Season 1)
Producers: Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joseph Boccia, Elisabeth Moss, Kira Snyder, Leila Gerstein
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Season 1)
Producers: Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Sheila Lawrence, Dhana Rivera Gilbert
David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television
“Black Mirror” (Season 4)
Producers: Annabel Jones, Charlie Brooker
Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” (Season 1, Season 2)
Producers: Leah Remini, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Myles Reiff, Adam Saltzberg, Erin Gamble, Lisa Rosen, Grainne Byrne, Taylor Levin, Alex Weresow, Rachelle Mendez
Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (Season 4)
Producers: John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton
Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
“The Voice” (Season 12, Season 13)
Producers: John de Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson, Jay Bienstock, Stijn Bakkers, Mike Yurchuk, Teddy Valenti, Carson Daly
NOTE: The PGA does not vet individual producers of short-form programs, sports programs, or children’s programs. The winning programs in these categories are:
Outstanding Short-Form Program
“Carpool Karaoke” (Season 1)
Outstanding Sports Program
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (Season 23)
Outstanding Children’s Program
“Sesame Street” (Season 47)