And the race is back on: ‘The King’s Speech’ takes big win at Producers Guild Awards

After its sweep at the Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes last week, The Social Network looked like the most likely candidate to win another big industry honor at the 22nd annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night. But instead, in what is widely considered by pundits, critics, and film fans to be a bit of an upset, the PGA went to The King’s Speech.

The producers of the film, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Gareth Unwin, were awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. The award is significant as it is typically viewed as a good foreshadowing of the Best Picture Oscar winner—according to The Hollywood Reporter, the PGA winner has gone on to pick up the Academy Award 60 percent of the time. The last time such did not match up was in 2006 when Little Miss Sunshine won the PGA while the Oscar went to The Departed.

Other winning producers in film included Darla K. Anderson for Toy Story 3 for animated feature and Lesley Chilcott for Waiting for ‘Superman’ for feature documentary.

In television, winners were the producers of The Pacific for Long Form Television; Mad Men for Episodic Television — Drama; Modern Family for Episodic Television — Comedy; The Colbert Report for Live Entertainment and Competitive Television; and Deadliest Catch for Non-Fiction Television.

This year’s ceremony also honored James Cameron with the Milestone Award, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman—who worked on award winner The Pacific—with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Scott Rudin—nominated for both The Social Network and True Grit this year—with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, Laura Ziskin with the Visionary Award, Sean Penn with the Stanley Kramer Award, and RealD with the Vanguard Award.

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