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Hammond On ‘King’s Speech’ Win At PGA

Pete Hammond

If The Social Network had been able to pull off a Best Picture win at the Producers Guild Awards Saturday night, as most everyone had expected, it might have been on an unstoppable path to doing the same at the Academy Awards. But it didn’t. The King’s Speech won. Now the race is on. For the second straight year, the PGA did the unexpected  and may have a major impact on the Oscar contest as it moves into its final phase. Last year Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time, came into the PGA ceremony with a head a steam and expectations of a win. Instead the PGA, which was always thought to favor box office winners, stunned the room by choosing The Hurt Locker, the lowest grossing movie nominated. And the rest is history.

Preferential balloting played a part in both victories. The PGA, like the Academy, instituted that system where voters must rank their choices from one to 10 with the most weight given to their top films. It favors consensus choices. At the very least it’s a game changer that opens up the field again just as The Social Network had hoped to close it. As Mark Wahlberg, star and producer of the nominated film The Fighter said to me as he exited the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom, “This is very good for us,” meaning the presumed frontrunner’s momentum has stalled – at least this … Read More »

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Producers Guild Unveils Documentary Noms

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 3, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards.

The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are:

* Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

* Earth Made of Glass

* Inside Job

* Smash His Camera

* The Tillman Story

* Waiting for ‘Superman’

Nominations for the other Producers Guild Award categories will be announced January 4, 2011, along with the individual producers. The 2011 Producers Guild Awards ceremony will take place on January 22, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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