Gold Rush: Producer’s Guild Award Winners 2012

The Producer’s Guild is the first to dole out its accolades, and if their pick for Best Picture is surprising to you, you clearly haven’t been paying attention to the awards race whatsoever.

(For a list of nominees, click here.)

The 2012 PGA winners are:

Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“The Artist” – Producer: Thomas Langmann

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) – Producers: Eugene Kelly, Howard Korder, Stephen Levinson, Martin Scorsese, Rudd Simmons, Tim Van Patten, Terence Winter

The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“The Adventures of Tintin” – Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television:
“Downton Abbey” (Masterpiece) (PBS) – Producers: Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame

The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” – Producers: Michael Rapaport, Edward Parks (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
“Modern Family” (ABC) – Producers: Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Jeffrey Richman, Dan O’Shannon, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central) – Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
“The Amazing Race” (CBS) – Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
“American Masters” (PBS) – Producers: Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks

News Programs:
“60 Minutes” (CBS)

Sports Programs:
“30 for 30” (ESPN)

Children’s Programs:
“Sesame Street” (PBS)

Web Series:
“30 Rock Presents Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero” (NBC.com)

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The PGA has essentially echoed the Golden Globes in most corresponding choices, with awards to Downtown Abbey and Modern Family in TV (though they selected Boardwalk Empire over Homeland), and The Adventures Of Tintin and The Artist in film.

A surprise here might have indicated another picture picking up steam — say, The Help or The Descendants or Hugo or Midnight In Paris, all of which are faring quite well as the top 5 contenders for a Best Picture nomination. But no. All this does is confirm that The Artist is the front-runner for Best Picture, and at this point, almost nothing can stop it.

Almost.

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