'Argo' Making a Run for Best Picture After Topping 22nd PGA Awards

January 26, 2013
Source: The Wrap

Argo / PGA Awards

This year could end up being one an Academy Awards ceremony for the record books. Despite the fact that Ben Affleck isn't nominated for Best Director at the 85th Academy Awards while his film Argo was nominated for Best Picture, the director and historical drama took home honors at the 70th Golden Globes. Now it looks like the film might be making a big run for Best Picture as the 22nd Annual Producers Guild of America Awards have just awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures to Argo. Awards were also handed out for documentary and animated films also.

Here's a list of all the film winners from the 22nd PGA Awards via The Wrap:

Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award:
Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Animation:
Wreck-It Ralph
Producer: Clark Spencer

PGA Producer of the Year Award in Documentaries:
Searching for Sugar Man
Producer: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

I'm glad to see Wreck-It Ralph and Searching for Sugar Man get some love, but the real shake-up here is Argo winning the top prize. In the entire history of the Academy Awards, there have only been three instances when a Best Picture winner didn't have its director nominated for an Oscar as well. The last time it happened was with Driving Miss Daisy in 1990 and it had been 70 years since such an occurrence.

However, PGA award has consistently been a reliable predictor of what will take home Best Picture at the Oscars and in 23 years, the PGA winner has also won Best Picture 16 times. The Oscars could always go their own way and not give Best Picture to Argo though. Either way, it sounds like the race for Best Picture is going to be very exciting and we'll be waiting to hear what wins on the 85th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 24th on ABC starting at 7PM (EST) / 4PM (PST). Will Argo win Best Picture?

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I'm still putting my money on "Lincoln" at the Oscars.

John on Jan 26, 2013


No reason why Argo shouldn't win, particularly in this global political climate, Lincoln is a good movie but it's definitely not Spielberg's best and whilst the look is authentic, I thought Argo's 70's look was just outstanding, well worth an Oscar

Simon124 on Jan 27, 2013


I don't think Argo will get Best Picture but I'm sure glad it took the PGA.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jan 27, 2013


I don't think Argo deserves best picture. It is a well done movie, but not a remarkable one. For me (I have not seen Lincoln), zero dark thirty should win best picture and seems to have a bigger chance of doing. I was a big critic of Hurt locker, one of the most overrated movies in recent memory, and it sucks that it won best picture because now that Bigelow delivers a movie that is miles away from the last one, she might not get it. I think that with Hurt Locker the academy saw it as the opportunity to finally give the best director award to a woman, and she deserves it, they just rushed it by a few years

Ricardo_PT on Jan 27, 2013


Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards almost always go hand in hand. This year I believe it might be different, given the fact that Argo has won Critics Choice and Golden Globes, but the Academy is always up for a surprise. I wouldn't count out Beasts of the Southern Wild as a dark horse in this competition, because the inclusion of Benh Zeitlin in the Best Director category was a huge shocker. Even Haneke could snag the Director award, given he's the first foreign language director to be nominated in quite a long time. I hope there are some surprises this year, because the show has been lackluster in recent years. P.S. I will jump for joy if Joaquin Phoenix wins for Best Actor.

Marcus on Jan 27, 2013


Uh last year a foregin films director won best director... Michele Hazanvicius.

Happy camper on Jan 27, 2013


The film was shot in LA, and silent.

Marcus on Jan 27, 2013


Argo for best picture, Spielberg for best director...nuff said.

weezy1 on Jan 27, 2013


Argo was awesome but not THAT awesome, it just played on the Academys heartstrings with all the scenes with Arkin and the hollywood references it was like there wetdream. Dont get me wrong I loved Argo but I could list a lot of movies that in my opinion were waaayyy better.

Cody W on Jan 27, 2013


Couldn't have said it better myself

Ricardo_PT on Jan 27, 2013


Has a movie ever won Best Picture without even being nominated for Best Director?

Rick on Jan 27, 2013


It must have been a real shocker to Spielberg who feels anything he makes should win i am soooooooooooooooooooooooo over him

Rosalee Adams on Jan 28, 2013

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