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The Artist cements its position as the Best Picture Oscar frontrunner, Producers Guild names it the best film of 2011

01.23.2012

Fanfare for THE ARTIST is coming like an avalanche from lots of critics (despite my anecdotal evidence pointing to the fact that most audiences certainly like it, but are perplexed by the outpouring of awards love it's getting). The take on silent films from director Michel Hazanavicius has won the Best Film award from the Producers Guild of America. The winner of the PGA award has historically gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar more often than not, so if you're still holding your breath for DRIVE or something to pull a fast one - don't.

Here are the lists of nominees and winners (in bold) for both film and television:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

THE ARTIST
BRIDESMAIDS
THE DESCENDANTS
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
THE HELP
HUGO
THE IDES OF MARCH
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MONEYBALL
WAR HORSE

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
CARS 2
KUNG FU PANDA 2
PUSS IN BOOTS
RANGO

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

“Cinema Verite” (HBO)
“Downton Abbey” (Masterpiece) (PBS)
“The Kennedys” (ReelzChannel)
“Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
“Too Big To Fail” (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
PROJECT NIM
SENNA
THE UNION

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Glee” (FOX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Dexter” (Showtime)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (Syndicated)
“Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The 64th Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Idol” (FOX)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

“30 for 30” (ESPN)
“American Masters” (PBS)
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel Channel)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Undercover Boss” (CBS)

News Programs:

“Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN)
“BBC World News America” (BBC)
“NBC News with Brian Williams” (NBC)
“The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)
“60 Minutes” (CBS)

Sports Programs:

“Monday Night Football” (ESPN)
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
“Sports Center” (ESPN)
“30 for 30” (ESPN)
“2010 FIFA World Cup” (ABC / ESPN / ESPN2)
“U.S. Open Tennis Championship” (CBS / ESPN2 / Tennis Channel)

Children’s Programs:

“Dora the Explorer” (Nickelodeon)
“iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
“Phineas and Ferb” (Disney Channel)
“Sesame Street” (PBS)
“SpongeBob Squarepants” (Nickelodeon)

Web Series:

“Ask a Ninja” (blip.tv)
“The Guild” (WatchTheGuild.com)
“Parks and Recreation Presents: ‘April & Andy’s Road Trip’” (NBC.com)
“30 Rock Presents Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero” (NBC.com)
“Web Therapy” (LStudio.com)

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Source: /Film

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8:44PM on 01/24/2012

Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest

was an Outstanding Doc. I'm happy to see that it won here.
was an Outstanding Doc. I'm happy to see that it won here.
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8:43PM on 01/24/2012

Not even a nomination...

for Breaking Bad in the TV Drama category??
for Breaking Bad in the TV Drama category??
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12:45AM on 01/24/2012
This movie is so overrated it hurts.For being a (mostly) silent film, it has a shockingly awful score; the score and the images we see rarely matched up properly. God, last year by and large sucked for movies.
This movie is so overrated it hurts.For being a (mostly) silent film, it has a shockingly awful score; the score and the images we see rarely matched up properly. God, last year by and large sucked for movies.
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10:36PM on 01/23/2012
i haven't seen this yet and I hope it is actually worth it. I hope it is not just the gimmick of doing a silent movie that makes this win. I haven't seen Drive or Moneyball but for me the best picture so far should be either Warrior or The Devil's Double. Dominic Cooper for best actor too in the Devil's Double.
i haven't seen this yet and I hope it is actually worth it. I hope it is not just the gimmick of doing a silent movie that makes this win. I haven't seen Drive or Moneyball but for me the best picture so far should be either Warrior or The Devil's Double. Dominic Cooper for best actor too in the Devil's Double.
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6:52PM on 01/24/2012
ok i stand corrected. it was actually pretty good.
ok i stand corrected. it was actually pretty good.
7:31PM on 01/23/2012
Drive was what it was. The Artist was, in my opinion, the best movie of the year. It was a completely left-field approach to an audience like today's, and the people making it had a very distinct goal in mind and they followed through. I would show everyone I know The Artist. I would only show Drive to violent, Kubrick movie fans like us. The Artist is a cool movie for everyone to see.
Drive was what it was. The Artist was, in my opinion, the best movie of the year. It was a completely left-field approach to an audience like today's, and the people making it had a very distinct goal in mind and they followed through. I would show everyone I know The Artist. I would only show Drive to violent, Kubrick movie fans like us. The Artist is a cool movie for everyone to see.
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6:59PM on 01/23/2012
Moneyball or Drive was the best film of 2011.
Moneyball or Drive was the best film of 2011.
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12:42AM on 01/24/2012
"MOneyball" was a snooze fest.
"MOneyball" was a snooze fest.
11:47AM on 01/23/2012
The Artist was cute and fun at times, but not one of the best of the year.
The Artist was cute and fun at times, but not one of the best of the year.
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9:06AM on 01/23/2012
I pretty much disagree with the films being recognized in this awards season. The Artist is an entertaining film but come on, folks! The best of the year? Same with The Descendants. A good film, not great. At least in my opinion. Time to start recognizing Drive and Shame, the actual year's best.
I pretty much disagree with the films being recognized in this awards season. The Artist is an entertaining film but come on, folks! The best of the year? Same with The Descendants. A good film, not great. At least in my opinion. Time to start recognizing Drive and Shame, the actual year's best.
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