The Producers Guild of America named “The Artist” as Best Picture winner on Saturday night. (See complete list of winners here.) Like the Academy Awards, the PGA winner is determined using a preferential system of ballot counting. The guild and Oscars have agreed on 15 of the last 22 Best Picture champs.
Even before this win, “The Artist” was far out in front to win the top Oscar. Gold Derby odds have it as the clear favorite at 6/5 while “The Descendants” is at 5/1, “The Help” has 10/1 odds, “Hugo” is at 12/1 and “Midnight in Paris” has 20/1 odds.
The next test for “The Artist” will be the SAG Awards where it vies for Best Ensemble against four PGA rivals — “Bridesmaids,” “The Descendants,” “The Help” and “Midnight in Paris.” Those awards from and for actors were where eventual Oscar champs “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and “Crash” (2005) first trumped the frontrunning “Saving Private Ryan” and “Brokeback Mountain” respectively.
The PGA stuck with 10 nominees even though the motion picture academy has revised the selection process this year. There will be between five and 10 Best Picture contenders when Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday.
Last year, the PGA foresaw nine of the eventual 10 Best Picture Oscar nominees. The guild went for “The Town” while the academy opted for “Winter’s Bone” for the tenth slot. Both groups chose “The King’s Speech” as the Best Picture of the year. It was here that “The King’s Speech” stopped the winning streak of “The Social Network.”
Two years ago, the Oscars concurred with the PGA on eight of the 10 contenders. PGA nominated “Invictus” and “Star Trek” over Oscar choices “The Blind Side” and “A Serious Man.” Both groups picked as best pic “The Hurt Locker.” Again, the PGA win established “Hurt Locker” as a serious contender to “Avatar.”
Golden Globe champ “The Adventures of Tintin” won Best Animated Feature here as well. Best Documentary went to “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.”
This year’s winners were unveiled in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Intersperesed among the competitive categories were tributes to: Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award), Les Moonves (Milestone Award), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), and “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (Stanley Kramer Award).
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
X – “The Adventures of Tintin”
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
“Puss in Boots”
X – “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest”
“Bill Cunningham New York”