It was a tie between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave at the 25th annual Producers’ Guild Awards, which now puts Alfonso Cuarón’s space-set drama, starring Sandra Bullock, among the front-runners for the Academy Awards.
The films both won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures—Gravity for Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman; and 12 Years a Slave for Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, and Dede Gardner.
In the television category, Breaking Bad won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama (producers Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, and Moira Walley-Beckett), while, for the fourth year running, Modern Family won the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy (producers Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeffrey Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, and Danny Zuker).
We Steal Secrets: the Story of Wikileaks (Alexis Bloom, Alex Gibney, Marc Shmuger) was the best documentary film, while Behind the Candelabra (Susan Ekins, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Polaire, Jerry Weintraub) won the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig) won the non-fiction TV prize.
Frozen (Peter Del Vecho) was the top animated feature; The Voice (Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Nicolle Yaron, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker) won for competition television; and The Colbert Report (Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Nicolle Yaron, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker) won for live entertainment and talk television.
SportsCenter and Sesame Street won for their categories in sports and children’s programmes. Wired: What’s Inside was the winner for digital series.
This year’s event also saw the first David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, which was awarded to Eon Productions’ Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The stepson and daughter of Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli have guided the James Bond franchise into its 50th anniversary celebration. Current lead actor Daniel Craig and former United Artists boss David Picker gave the award.
Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) won the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television; Robert Iger won the Milestone Award; Weta’s Sir Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri, ONZM, gave the Kiwis representation when they won the Vanguard Award; and Chris Melendandri won the Visionary Award. As announced earlier, Fruitvale Station, which had been passed over for nomination at the SAG Awards and the Oscars, won the Stanley Kramer Award for raising awareness of social issues. The film looks at the real-life January 1, 2009 killing of Oscar Grant at the BART station in Fruitvale. Grant was shot by transit officer Johannes Mehserle in the incident. The killing sparked riots and protests in the Bay Area in 2009 and, after the criminal trial of Mehserle, in 2010.