'Birdman' Eyes Oscar After Winning 2015 Producers Guild Award
by Ethan Anderton
January 24, 2015
On Saturday night, the Producers Guild of America announced the winners of their annual awards, and while it wasn't quite as exciting as last year when there was a tie between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave for the top prize, this certainly makes the race for the 87th Academy Awards a little more interesting. While Boyhood won Best Drama and The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes, neither of the Best Picture nominees won the PGA awrd. Instead, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's stellar Birdman got the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Here's a list of all the film winners from the 26th PGA Awards - for more (including TV) visit Variety.
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award:
Producers: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole
PGA Producer of the Year Award in Animation:
The LEGO Movie
Producer: Dan Lin
PGA Producer of the Year Award in Documentaries:
Producer: Steve James, Zak Piper and Garrett Basch
Birdman isn't a choice out of left field, but it may shake up the Oscar predictions quite a bit. It seems like the race is between Boyhood and Birdman for Best Picture. But the PGA award win is key since 75% of the winners have gone on to take home Best Picture at the Oscars since 1989. In addition, since The LEGO Movie wasn't nominated for Best Animated Film at the Oscars, we're glad it won the PGA Award at least. And since Life Itself was my favorite documentary of 2014, that's also a winner that definitely tickled my fancy. Stay tuned for more coverage of awards season as we get closer to the 87th Academy Awards. Well?