The Producers Guild of America has just finished handing out their awards, with the unsurprising result being that Damien Chazelle's musical masterpiece "La La Land" has claimed the top prize, thereby cementing its front-runner status for the Best Picture Oscar.
You may recall that last year the PGA randomly chose "The Big Short" as their winner over the expected "Spotlight" (or even "The Revenant"), but most of us knew that Adam McKay's didactic banking manual of a film was not going to be able to get a consensus vote from the Academy, leaving the question of Best Picture up in the air. However, with "La La Land," things are quite different. The film is universally loved and has been, far and away, the most popular choice during the critics awards. Seven Golden Globes and 14 Oscar nominations later (and, of course, the big win from the PGA tonight) seem to make it impossible for it to lose. After all, no film that has received 14 Oscar nods ("All About Eve" and "Titanic") has failed to win Best Picture, so it seems quite inevitable.
Tomorrow night we have the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and while "La La Land" is not up for their biggest category (Best Cast of a Motion Picture), it is highly expected that the film's popularity will result in Emma Stone winning Best Actress for her excellent performance. In one week's time, we have the Directors Guild of America Awards, where it is assumed that Damien Chazelle will easily claim their top prize for his outstanding direction of the film, so be sure to check back on both dates for the full list of winners.
In the meantime, please see below for a list of tonight's PGA award winners:
Theatrical Motion Picture: La La Land Animated Theatrical Motion Picture: Zootopia Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture: O.J.: Made in America Episodic Television, Drama: Stranger Things Episodic Television, Comedy: Atlanta Long-Form Television: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Non-Fiction Television: Making a Murderer Competition Television: The Voice Live Entertainment & Talk Television: Last Week Tonightwith John Oliver Sports Program: Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and VICE World of Sports Children’s Program: Sesame Street Digital Program: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee