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The Big Short takes home the big prize at the Producers Guild Awards

The Big Short
The Big Short

The Producers Guild Of America Awards ceremony was held Saturday night, affording the hardworking, behind-the-scenes stiffs a chance to be front and center along with A-list presenters and performers like Michael B. Jordan and Golden Globe winner Lady Gaga. The PGA Awards are also notable (especially in the last decade or so) for their ability to predict the subsequent winner of the Best Picture Oscar. So the Golden Globes can keep their celebrity-led shenanigans, and the critics and people their choices, because the PGA Awards are the real arbiters of (another awards body’s) taste.


Although the PGA recognized far more producing efforts of the small screen, the winner of the guild’s top movie prize was the biggest news to come out of the event, as the PGA awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Award to Adam McKay’s mortgage-crisis comedy, The Big Short. The PGA has successfully “predicted” the Best Picture Oscar winner over the last eight years, which means its preference for The Big Short has probably shifted the film’s place in the Oscar race. So although The Revenant cleaned up at the Golden Globes recently, we could see some very bad wigs take home the coveted statuette next month.

The other film-producing award winners were Inside Out for outstanding animated film and Amy for outstanding documentary. And in TV, Game Of Thrones was recognized in the episodic drama-producing category, while Fargo won the David L. Wolper Award for outstanding (producing of) long-form television. The complete list of winners is below, which should serve to whet your appetite for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 30, not to mention the Academy Awards on February 28.


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

The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton
The Martian
The Revenant
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Bridge of Spies


Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
The Good Dinosaur

Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

Something Better to Come
The Look of Silence
The Hunting Ground

Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama

Game of Thrones
Mad Men
House of Cards
Better Call Saul

Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy

Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Inside Amy Schumer

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

American Crime
True Detective
A Very Murray Christmas
American Horror Story: Hotel


Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Colbert Report
Key & Peele
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


Outstanding Producer of Competition Television

The Voice
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
30 for 30
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Shark Tank


Outstanding Children’s Program

Sesame Street
Doc McStuffins
The Fairly OddParents
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Toy Story That Time Forgot


Outstanding Digital Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Epic Rap Battles of History
30 for 30 Shorts
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Double Agent
This American Life Presents: Videos 4 U


Outstanding Sports Program

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans
Back on Board: Greg Louganis
Kareem: Minority of One


Milestone Award

Jim Gianopulos

Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television

Shonda Rhimes

David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures

David Heyman

Stanley Kramer Award

The Hunting Ground

Visionary Vanguard Award

Industrial Light & Magic

[h/t USA Today]


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