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'Argo' Wins PGA

Tonight the Producers Guild of America awarded its best picture to “Argo.”

What does this mean? These are the PGAs best picture winners since 1989 (disagreements with the eventual Academy winnner in blue):

PGA best picture
2011 The Artist
2010 The King's Speech
2009 The Hurt Locker
2008 Slumdog Millionaire
2007 No Country for Old Men
2006 Little Miss Sunshine
2005 Brokeback Mountain
2004 The Aviator
2003 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2002 Chicago
2001 Moulin Rouge!
2000 Gladiator
1999 American Beauty
1998 Saving Private Ryan
1997 Titanic
1996 The English Patient
1995 Apollo 13
1994 Forrest Gump
1993 Schindler's List
1992 The Crying Game
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
1990 Dances with Wolves
1989 Driving Miss Daisy

So the PGA has agreed with the Academy every year for the last five years but disagreed with AMPAS the three years before that. (I like the PGA's choices better in those years, by the way. Particularly 2005).

Does the win tonight mean Oscar momentum for “Argo,” whose director, Ben Affleck, wasn't even nominated best director by the Academy?

Here's a question that's easier to answer: Has a film ever won the Golden Globe and the PGA and not won the Oscar for best picture? Yes. Four times since 1989:

Argo Argo Les Miserables
The Artist The Descendants The Artist
The King's Speech The Social Network The Kids Are Alright
The Hurt Locker Avatar The Hangover
Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire Vicky Cristina Barcelona
No Country for Old Men Atonement Sweeney Todd
Little Miss Sunshine Babel Dreamgirls
Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain Walk the Line
The Aviator The Aviator Sideways
Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings Lost in Translation
Chicago The Hours Chicago
Moulin Rouge! A Beautiful Mind Moulin Rouge!
Gladiator Gladiator Almost Famous
American Beauty American Beauty Toy Story 2
Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love
Titanic Titanic As Good As It Gets
The English Patient The English Patient Evita
Apollo 13 Sense and Sensibility Babe
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump The Lion King
Schindler's List Schindler's List Mrs. Doubtfire
The Crying Game Scent of a Woman The Player
The Silence of the Lambs Bugsy Beauty and the Beast
Dances with Wolves Dances with Wolves Green Card
Driving Miss Daisy Born on the 4th of July Driving Miss Daisy

Either way, it mixes things up a bit. “Argo” now feels like the frontrunner despite its lack of director nomination, supplanting “Lincoln.” In case you're wondering, the last time a picture won best picture without a nomination for its director was in 1989: “Driving Miss Daisy,” directed by Bruce Beresford.

In other news, “Searching for Sugar Man” won best documentary.

The SAG awards are tomorrow.

Stay dry, Jeff.

Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in ARGO

“If I'm going to make a fake movie, it's going to be a fake hit.” — Fake producer Lester Siegel, now honored by real producers.

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Posted at 10:26 PM on Sat. Jan 26, 2013 in category Movies - Awards  


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