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‘The Artist’ wins Producers Guild Award for Best Picture

By Daniel S Levine,

Another awards ceremony Saturday yielded more awards for Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist. The film won the Producers Guild Award for Best Picture, beating out nine other films for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

The Producers Guild of America presented the award to the film’s producer, Thomas Langmann, according to The Los Angeles Times. “When Michel and I dreamed of making The Artist, we dreamed of writing a love letter to American cinema....We just didn't know that we would get a taste of the American dream,” Langmann said when he accepted the award.

The Artist beat out several of the other critically acclaimed films of 2011, including The Descendants, The Help and Hugo. The Associated Press reports that the other films nominated for the top award were The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, George Clooney’s The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Bridesmaids.

Spielberg was also up for the best produced animated film for The Adventures of Tintin. That film went on to pick up that prize, which Spielberg accepted with co-producer Kathleen Kennedy. Peter Jackson, the film’s third co-producer, was not able to attend. Spielberg was also awarded the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, which was presented by DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The PGA also honored television programs, giving the best drama series award to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the first time since Mad Men began airing that the AMC show did not win, noted E! News. Modern Family won the best television comedy award, which is named in honor of Danny Thomas. Other winners included Downtown Abbey for best long-form television program, The Colbert Report for best live entertainment & talk show and The Amazing Race for best competitive show.

American Masters won for best non-fiction television program, while 60 Minutes won best news program. ESPN’s 30 for 30 won sports program. Sesame Street won best children’s show. Best theatrical documentary went to Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.

 
 

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