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PGA Awards Winners Announced, But Who Took Home Top Prize?

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January 23, 2011
Source: Variety

PGA Awards

Earlier this month the nominations were announced for 21st annual Producer Guild of America Awards honoring outstanding producers for their achievement in feature films and television. Obviously we won't run through the winners for TV series awards (see those at the PGA website) but we have the winners for the three motion picture categories for feature films, animation and documentaries. Remember, since the nominations were a good indicator of who might get an Oscar nomination (they'll be announced on January 25th) these could also be our Oscar winners in February. See the winners below!

Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award:
The King's Speech
Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Animation:
Toy Story 3
Producer: Darla K. Anderson

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Documentaries:
Waiting for Superman
Producer: Lesley Chilcott

After winning the Golden Globe last weekend, The Social Network became a definite frontrunner to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. However, with The King's Speech victory at the PGA awards, the film certainly hasn't given up the good fight. Some people have called the win an upset, but considering The King's Speech has essentially been the #2 contender this awards season, I don't really see it that way. With the PGA honoring The King's Speech it sounds like the contest for Best Picture at the Academy Awards may not be as predictable as some though. Meanwhile, Toy Story 3 and Waiting for Superman seem to be locks for their respective categories. What do you think?

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  • RFabry
    I really want 'The King's Speech' to win Best Picture at the Oscars. To me, this was the best film of the year. I can't wait to see what happens at the Academy Awards! I still have a feeling 'The Social Network' will take it though. Toy Story 3 and Waiting For Superman don't surprise me in the least. That is exactly what I was thinking...
  • http://www.skonmovies.com/ Sean Kelly
    I have always been a bigger supporter of The King's Speech, than The Social Network in the Best Picture race and I am glad to see it come out on top here.
  • Anonymous
    This awards season is so exciting! There are a lot of great films and they're pretty tight. Last year wasn't that much of a contest... I'm thrilled The King's Speech won. It really is one of the best this year.
  • lane
    It's very well acted, directed, and written, but there are at least 10 better films from 2010 than The King's Speech. A wonderfully told, but conventional story, with Oscar-bait written all over it. Definitely not the best 'production' of 2010. But, whatever gets people excited for the Oscar race.
  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GJAL5XLSAPEVGPIHZ4XOJE5QI RandallM
    I cannot fathom what Lane is saying....beyond a doubt "The King's Speech" was the best of the best in 2010. Inception, True Grit, Toy Story 3 round out the top for me. It is sad that a film about "Space Box" seems to be taking the glory from the fore mentioned list. While to me it was just OK, I did not feel the emotional connection I did with "The King's Speech" or the others. I would like to know the other 10 films. If it includes Tron .Twi-tripe or IM2 then we are on a different page.
    • lane
      Here are 10 better films from 2010: The Social Network, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, Inception, True Grit, Blue Valentine, Another Year, The Illusionist, Black Swan and The Fighter. I mean, I don't know what being a movie fan is for you, but I moved on from having an 'emotional connection' for a movie determine which was my favorite. Obviously, the best of the best make me feel emotional about them, but they have to be intellectually engaging in equal measure for me to consider them "the best films of the year." The Kings Speech was no doubt a very good film, but overall it was just too easy. Great struggle: the man has a stutter. Great backdrop: a king now needs to be a voice, and not just a physical presence. Great relationship: he becomes buddies with an eccentric Aussie who teaches him how to step up to the plate. It's almost a sports-movie formula, and it's anchored by great acting, so it's definitely an easy crowd pleaser. It is yet another polished period piece hailing from the UK. Great film? Sure. Unique? Not really. Most emotionally and intellectually engaging movie of 2010? Not by a long shot.
      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GJAL5XLSAPEVGPIHZ4XOJE5QI RandallM
        OK nice list and included some in my top....which I agree with except for "Social"....however if anything in the arts does not move me in an emotional way...be it a brilliant painting, a stage production, a novel or a song or the like than I look at it for what it is. Entertainment. Maybe I am just a sucker for a good British film, or a brilliant cast. True Grit and Speech were easy picks of how you make a film in today's market. Both old school film making and both are treasures of a weak year for film...... Nicely done Lane.....the usual poster here cannot see beyound their Tron or Green Hornet colored glasses.
        • lane
          (handshake)

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