'The Hurt Locker' wins, 'Avatar' loses at the Producers Guild Awards
Summit's battle-hardened "The Hurt Locker" scored another victory Sunday night as it took home the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 21st annual PGA Awards.
The presentation capped the Producers Guild of America's ceremony held at the Hollywood Palladium.
The prize was shared by producers Kathryn Bigelow (who also directed), Mark Boal (the film's screenwriter), Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro.
If the producers of the 82nd annual Academy Awards were hoping that the best picture Oscar race would develop some suspense, they have received the scenario they wanted.
"Locker" has picked up numerous critics awards, and two weekends ago it won the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s Critics Choice Award for best picture. But at the Golden Globes two nights later, "Avatar" walked off with the best drama prize, and at Saturday's SAG Awards, "Inglourious Basterds" picked up the film ensemble award, that guild's equivalent of the best picture prize.
With its PGA triumph, "Locker" now reseizes the moment, although a best picture Oscar is by no means a done deal: During the 20-year history of the PGA Awards, 12 of its movie winners have gone on to win the best-film Oscar.
In the other film categories, "Up," produced by Jonas Rivera, floated to the top in the animated category.
In theatrical documentaries, "The Cove," which investigates the exploitation of dolphins, was rewarded, with the trophy going to Fisher Stevens and Paula DuPre Pesman.
Turning to TV, the PGA presented its Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award for comedy series to NBC's "30 Rock" for the third year in a row. For the second straight year, AMC's "Mad Men" garnered the Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award for drama series.
CBS' "60 Minutes" picked up its fourth PGA Award for nonfiction television. And Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" was another repeat winner, picking up its third PGA trophy in a row in the live entertainment and competition TV category.
HBO's "Grey Gardens" was the recipient of the David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in longform television.
The PGA also feted Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal with its 2010 Milestone Award.
TV producer Mark Burnett was honored with the Norman Lear Achievement in Television Award.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Disney, was presented with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures.
Writer-director-producer Joss Whedon was given the 2010 Vanguard Award.
The Stanley Kramer Award was bestowed on Lionsgate's "Precious."( Collapse )