A rare twist in the 2010-2011 movie Awards season occurred last night as Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech managed to beat out favorite The Social Network to win the Darryl F. Zanuck Award at the 22nd Producers Guild Awards. This is one of the most significant Awards of the year with the winning film going on to win Best Picture 14 out of the 21 times this Award has been given out. The past decade has seen a slight rift formed between the Producers Guild and the Oscars with only 6 of the 10 PGA winners getting the Best Picture trophy, but the group is a solid indicator of the direction of the Awards race.
The Producers Guild of America is just one voting group, so there should not necessarily be too much stock placed in their decisions. However, many of the Producers in the Guild are also registered voters in the Academy so their decision should not be taken lightly. It could be observed that the Awards that The Social Network has been collecting all season have mostly been given by groups of critics or journalists (Broadcast Film Critics, Hollywood Foreign Press, etc.) and that a given year’s critical darling is not always the film that takes home the top Oscar.
It is very rare that the Producers Guild disagrees with the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes. There actually hasn’t been a time in history when both the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association chose the same film while the Producers Guild has chosen another. There has been some mixing up, like in 2006 when all three went different directions with BFCA choosing The Departed, HFPA choosing Babel, and PGA choosing Little Miss Sunshine. However, in that year the precursor season was rather ambiguous while this year it has been apparently obvious.
The real test will be with next weekend’s announcement of the Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild Awards. If The King’s Speech can pull off an upset there, than the conversation will really have to change directions. Otherwise we can just call this one group that decided to go its own way.
Other Awards given out by the Producers Guild of America at their annual awards ceremony were Best Animated Film which went to Toy Story 3 and Best Documentary which went to Waiting for “Superman”. The entire list of PGA Awards can be viewed below.
Producers Guild Awards 2011
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award
Producer of Motion Pictures:
THE KING’S SPEECH
Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
Producer of Animated Motion Pictures:
TOY STORY 3
Producer: Darla K. Anderson
Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures:
WAITING FOR â€˜SUPERMANâ€™
Producer: Lesley Chilcott
What do you think? Does this award indicate a change in the Oscar race? Or is the PGA acting alone?