The Producers Guild of America is once again handing out its awards on the fourth Saturday in January. It is the second of the industry groups to set the date for its annual kudos following SAG which is going with Sunday, Jan. 29. The PGA festivities are returning to the Hyatt Regency following a last-minute shift this year to the Beverly Hilton due to a labor dispute.
The PGA prize for Best Picture has matched up with that of the Oscars for 14 of the last 20 years. Most tellingly, both of the most recent Oscar champs — “The Hurt Locker” and “The King’s Speech” — won this award first, establishing it as a prescient precursor in the era of 10 Best Picture nominees. Indeed, the PGA even went so far as to follow the lead of AMPAS and use a preferential ballot to determine their winner.
Beyond the feature film award, the PGA also recognizes acheivements in animated and documentary features as well as five TV categories: three series awards — comedy, drama series, entertainment/competition — and two program prizes — non-fiction and TV movie/miniseries.