"The Artist" paved its way to this year's Oscars smoothly, winning the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 21 night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The silent movie from Weinstein Co. helped Thomas Langmann to make the trip to the stage to receive Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.
In his acceptance speech, Langmann said he and director Michel Hazanavicius "dreamed of making 'The Artist', we knew we were dreaming of writing a love letter to American cinema." The pic has won at the Golden Globes last week for Best Comedy/Musical. It is touted to claim the Best Picture category at the upcoming Academy Awards.
"The Adventures of Tintin" took the prize for animated feature. Special honors were given to Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award), and "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (The Stanley Kramer Award).
On television, "Modern Family" claimed Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy, beating "Glee" and "30 Rock" among others. "Downton Abby" pocketed outstanding longform television while "Boardwalk Empire" was named outstanding episodic dramatic TV.
Full winners list of 2012 PGA Awards:
Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: "The Artist" (Thomas Langmann)
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" (Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg)
Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: "The Amazing Race" (Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo)
Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: "The Colbert Report"
Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy: "Modern Family (Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Jeffrey Richman, Dan O'Shannon, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker)
Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: "American Masters" (Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks)
News Programs: "60 Minutes"
Sports Programs: "30 for 30"
Children's Programs: "Sesame Street"
The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: "Downton Abbey" (Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame)
Web Series: "30 Rock Presents Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero"
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures: "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" (Michael Rapaport, Edward Parks, Frank Mele, Debra Koffler)
Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: "Boardwalk Empire", (Eugene Kelly, Howard Korder, Stephen Levinson, Martin Scorsese, Rudd Simmons, Tim Van Patten, Terence Winter)