12 Years a Slave

American Hustle took home the big prize at the SAG Awards on Saturday night, but as it turned out, its moment in the sun was fleeting. 12 Years a Slave and Gravity regained their awards season momentum at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Sunday night, as both won the top trophy in a tie — the first ever in PGA history.

The results are a blow to American Hustle‘s Oscar odds, since the PGA Awards are a fairly reliable predictor of the Best Picture trophy. Of the past 24 Darryl F. Zanuck Award winners, 17 have gone on to win Best Picture. The last time the two awards didn’t match up was 2006, when the PGA chose Little Miss Sunshine over The Departed.

Elsewhere, Frozen and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks won prizes for best animated picture and best documentary, respectively, while Behind the Candelabra and Breaking Bad continued to steamroll the competition in the long-form TV and TV drama categories. Hit the jump for the full list of results.

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With awards season in full swing, both the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild of America handed out prizes for their favorites of 2012 this past weekend. The big winner at both ceremonies turned out to be Ben Affleck‘s Argo, which had also previously picked up Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Motion Picture – Drama earlier this month. That positions Argo at the front of this year’s Best Picture Oscar race, though if it wins, it’ll be the rare film to do so without getting a Best Director nomination. Only three films in Oscar history have managed to win Best Picture without an accompanying Best Director nomination, the last to do so being Driving Miss Daisy in 1989.

Other notable victories in the film categories included Searching for Sugar Man and Wreck-It Ralph at the PGA Awards, and Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones), Silver Linings Playbook (Jennifer Lawrence), and Les Miserables (Anne Hathaway) at the SAG Awards. Small screen winners included Homeland and Game Change. Hit the jump to read the full list of awards. Read More »

Community‘s hiatus starts now, but Greendale’s coolest study group isn’t about to go quietly. Also, people who’ve previously created things we like are creating other things we also hope to like. After the jump:

  • The Community gang makes a “Save Greendale” PSA, crashes The Soup
  • The WGA and PGA announce their award nominations
  • J.J. Abrams and One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn sell a drama to The CW
  • HBO is about to start production on The Viagra Diaries with Goldie Hawn
  • Parks & Recreation co-creator Greg Daniels develops two animated projects for NBC

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For those keenly interested in the award season race, here’s the first big upset of the year: the winner of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) Producer of the Year award for films released in 2010 — aka the organization’s Best Picture award — is The King’s Speech. That represents a big upset over The Social Network, and seems to dramatically alter predictions for the Oscar race. The full list of winners is after the break. Read More »

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After the past six weeks, there’s no surprise that Avatar is in the Monday box office news. Once again the film is making scads of cash, pushing past The Dark Knight‘s domestic total and closing in on Titanic‘s box office record. High 3D ticket prices help quite a bit, as Avatar is still way behind Gone with the Wind and Star Wars on the list of most-seen films.

But while the Avatar box-office steamroller has made the film look like a lock for the Best Picture Oscar, last night’s Producers Guild of America (PGA) awards have changed the odds. The PGA awarded Best Picture for 2009 to The Hurt Locker, which was a stunning upset for Avatar, and makes The Hurt Locker an Oscar front-runner. Read More »

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