Oscar 2019: Green Book Wins Top Award from Producers Guild of America (PGA)

I am attending the annual ceremony of the Producers Guild of America awards.  Will be updating as the long evening progresses.

Green Book has just won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, the top feature film of 2018, from the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

Green Book: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali

The 1960s drama-comedy topped “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,”  “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.

“I don’t need awards,” said “Green Book” producer-director Peter Farrelly. “This is like Warren Buffett winning the lottery. I’m damn thankful.”

The winning producers are Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga.

”Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali as a concert pianist and Viggo Mortensen as his bodyguard, also won the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 76th Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6.

The PGA, which has about 8,200 members, has matched the Oscar for best picture in 20 of its 29 years, including “The Shape of Water” last year. It diverged in the two previous years when the Zanuck award went to “La La Land” and “The Big Short,” and the Oscar went to “Moonlight” and “Spotlight,” but matched in the previous eight years with “Birdman,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “No Country for Old Men.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has won the first award at the Producers Guild Award (PGA) show, underway right now at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Stay Tuned.

The Amazon series topped “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “GLOW,” and “The Good Place.” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” won last year.

Best Picture Nominees

“BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” have been nominated for the PGA Darryl F. Zanuck Award as the top feature film of 2018.

PGA and Best Picture Oscar: 20 out of 29 Years

The PGA, which has about 8,200 members, has matched the Oscar for best picture in 20 of its 29 years, including “The Shape of Water” last year.

Best Documentary

Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” has won the documentary award at the Producers Guild Awards.

Best Animation

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won the animated movie award. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” topped “The Grinch,” “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The last three PGA winners in animation – “Coco,” “Zootopia,” “Inside Out” – have also won the Oscar.

The fifth season of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” repeated as the winner of the Live Entertainment and Talk category. The second season of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” took the David L. Wolper Award for limited series television.

“Fahrenheit 451” won the award for top streamed or televised motion picture. The 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” took the award for game and competiton television. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” won the award for non-fiction television.

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