Producers Guild of America’s Awards 2013

January 27th, 2013 - Graham Eley

The Master’s chances of Oscar success seem almost at an end after it missed out on a Producers Guild of America’s top feature-film nomination.  The double Venice winner has received a respectable three ‘best film’ wins in critics’ awards this winter but has found it difficult to generate enthusiasm amongst the industry.


Two other indie award season hopefuls, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom, both made the cut and are decent outside bets for Oscar nominations.


Skyfall’s inclusion will raise some eyebrows but it is unlikely to repeat the success at the Oscars.


The other seven nominations were a foregone conclusion.  One of them, David O Russell’s quirky romCom, Silver Linings Playbook, received best film, actor (Brad Cooper) and acting ensemble at the influential Capri, Hollywood Film Festival earlier today.




‘Argo’ (Warner Bros.)

Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov


‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn


‘Django Unchained’ (The Weinstein Company)

Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher


‘Les Misérables’ (Universal Pictures)

Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh


‘Life of Pi’ (Fox 2000 Pictures)

Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark


‘Lincoln’ (Touchstone Pictures)

Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg


‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (Focus Features)

Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales


‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (The Weinstein Company)

Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon


‘Skyfall’ (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson


‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ has emerged as the clear favourite against the odds to win the best film Oscar after taking the top prize at the PGA awards.  The Iranian hostage drama gained momentum during the pre-Christmas critics awards but seemed to fall away after the Academy’s Directors Branch shunned it during the Oscar nominations.  It began a recovery just a few hours later by winning best film at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and then went on to claim victory at the Golden Globes.


Malik Benjelloul’s ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ picked up early festival audience awards at Sundance and Tribeca and the feel good rock-doc’s popularity has grown ever since.  The PGA’s award of best documentary is no surprise and will provide further momentum to its Oscar charge.  Although it is the current Oscar frontrunner, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s powerful ‘5 Broken Cameras’, quite rightly, remains a serious challenger.


The best animation award went to ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, although its Disney stable mate, ‘Brave’, remains the slight favourite to take the Oscar.




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


Argo (Warner Bros.)

Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov



The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures


Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Producer: Clark Spencer



The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures


Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn


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