'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
|2010||The King's Speech|
|2009||The Hurt Locker|
|2007||No Country for Old Men|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine|
|2003||Lord of the Rings: Return of the King|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan|
|1996||The English Patient|
|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:
|PGA||GG - DRAMA||GG-COMEDY/MUSICAL|
|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|
|Moulin Rouge!||A Beautiful Mind||Moulin Rouge!|
|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.
“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.