Once again, Joel and Ethan Coen were honored for their work in the gritty crime drama "No Country for Old Men". The director brothers along with their producer partner Scott Rudin were given The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild of America at the 19th Annual Producers Guild Awards' ceremony held at Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, February 2.
The Javier Bardem-starring film captured the top honor beating out other strong contenders, "There Will Be Blood", "Juno", "Michael Clayton" and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly". On receiving the honor, Rudin uttered his amazement on the brothers saying, "The only reason I am standing here is because of these two men. They are completely remarkable artists."
By winning the PGA award, "No Country" which has grossed $55.1 domestically seemingly secured its status as Academy Award front runner. The Miramax Films distributed-film has earlier garnered the top prizes from the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. The DGA recognized Joel and Ethan Coen as Best Directors, while the SAG cited the film's cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Bardem as Best Ensemble Performance.
At the event, the PGA also gave away the best animated movie producer to Brad Lewis for the Disney's tale of chef rat "Ratatouille". On the documentary category, the kudo went to Michael Moore and Meghan O'Hara for the U.S. health care documentary "Sicko". Meanwhile, on the television honors, the producers named the filmmakers of HBO's "The Sopranos" as the best drama producers, while "30 Rock" producers garnered award fro best comedy production.