Producers Guild Awards: ‘Oppenheimer’ Takes Top Film Prize; ‘Across The Spider-Verse’, ‘Succession’, ‘The Bear’ & Beef’ Also Win – Full List

Oppenheimer continued its atomic charge toward Oscar glory by winning the marquee film prize at the Producers Guild Awards, which were handed out tonight in Hollywood. Producer-director Christopher Nolan’s box office and awards-season juggernaut went home with the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the Ray Dolby Ballroom. Producers Emma Thomas and Charles Roven shared in the prize.

The PGA win cemented Oppenheimer’s chances for Best Picture at the 96th Academy Awards on March 10. The Zanuck Award long has been considered a strong prognosticator for Best Picture, with 15 of the past 20 going on to triumph at the Academy Awards. Last year followed the trend as the PGA honored Everything Everywhere All at Once, which took the Oscar two weeks later.

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“I think that our tendency is to spend so much time advocating for our projects … we forget to advocate for ourselves,” Thomas said in accepting the award. “This means so much coming from you. This group is full of people whose work we admire enormously. We all know how hard the job can be. We also know how great the job can be. It’s the best job on set.”

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She added: “Thank you, Chris Nolan, for being a fantastic director and writer. What you probably don’t know about him his he’s the best producer. I worked on four films with you now. He is the best producing partner you can possibly hope for. There are a lot of people who worked on the film here tonight. They’re an incredible part of what made this film a success and our cast.

Said Nolan: “Thank you, Emma — you said it all. We’ve never won this before. We’ve been nominated before. Every time we found ourselves invited into this room, we felt such support for whatever risks we were taking from a group of people who understand how difficult it is to get a movie made, let alone something that doesn’t fit a preexisting pattern of success.

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“I want to give a thank-you to Chuck Roven for agreeing to read American Promethus and starting a chain reaction that spread all over the world,” he added.

Oppenheimer is vying for the Best Picture Oscar against its summer playmate Barbie, American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, Past Lives, Poor Things and The Zone of Interest. All of them also were up for the Zanuck Award at the PGAs.

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Meanwhile, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse built on last weekend’s Annie Awards dominance and solidified its front-runner status for the Animated Feature Oscar with a PGA win for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. Its producers are Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg.

The night’s first film prize went to American Symphony, whose producers Lauren Domino, Matthew Heineman and Joedan Okun claimed the Documentary Motion Picture award.

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The night’s first film prize went to the producers behind American Symphony, who won for Documentary Motion Picture.

The small-screen awards mostly followed last month’s Emmys script, with Succession taking the Drama Series awards and Beef winning for Anthology or Limited Series.

The evening started off with the award for TV comedy, and The Bear continued its ursine stranglehold on trophies this year. Following its Emmy and SAG Awards triumphs, the sophomore FX series claimed the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy.

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A little later, the Emmy-laden Last Week with John Oliver went home with the trophy in the mouthful category of Outstanding Producer Of Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Standup & Talk Television.

Another Emmy regular, RuPaul’s Drag Race, won the PGA Award for Game & Competition TV, and Welcome to Wrexham went home with the trophy for Nonfiction TV.

The award for Televised or Streaming Movie went to Black Mirror: Beyond the Sea.

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Gail Berman received the PGA’s 2024 Norman Lear Achievement Award tonight, and a highlight of her acceptance speech was describing the hassles of getting TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer greenlighted. “Not a single person was interested in buying that television show,” she said onstage. “I mean not a single person on this Earth was interested in buying that television show. I couldn’t ignore my gut. An empowerment story with a young woman at the center. We got no after no after no. Then one day, we finally got a yes. And I gotta say, it all comes down to resilience.”

Berman, who is CEO of Grimsburg and The Perfect Couple producer The Jackal Group, has produced more than 300 episodes of television during her 38-year career. Her expansive portfolio also also includes such hits as American Idol, the Buffy spinoff Angel, The Addams Family films and Netflix’s Wednesday.

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Later on, Charles D. King — founder & CEO of Macro, a multiplatform media company representing the voices and perspectives of Black people, indigenous people and people of color — was feted with the guild’s Milestone Award. It recognizes producers or production teams that have made historic contributions to the entertainment industry.

“I stand on the shoulders of all the incredible producers, executives, my parents and our ancestors who kicked down doors, made sacrifices and blazed a trail for me to be able to do what I’m blessed to do,” he said in accepting the honor.

Also revealed Sunday night was a new initiative aimed at getting PGA members access to healthcare. Producer Guild presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line announced during the ceremony that the group has launched its drive to see ensure health insurance benefits for all full-time producers in the film and TV biz.

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The guild got a jump on its 2024 awards on Thursday in Los Angeles and Tuesday in Manhattan, revealing winners in its Short Form, Sports and Children’s categories along with its PGA Innovation Award recipient.

On Tuesday, Season 1 of Netflix’s docuseries Beckham took the Outstanding Sports Program prize, and Season 53 of Max’s Sesame Street won for Outstanding Children’s Program. Then on Thursday, the PGA named Succession: Controlling the Narrative as Outstanding Short Form Program and presented it Innovation Award to Body of Mine.

Here are the winners revealed at the 35th annual PGA Awards:

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Producers: Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan

Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Producers: Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Christina Steinberg

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures
American Symphony
Producers: Lauren Domino, Matthew Heineman, Joedan Okun

Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama
Producers: Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Mark Mylod, Jane Tranter, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Lucy Prebble, Will Tracy, Georgia Pritchett, Ted Cohen, Dara Schnapper, Susan Soon He Stanton, Gabrielle Mahon, Francesca Gardiner

Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy
The Bear
Producers: Josh Senior, Joanna Calo, Christopher Storer, Matty Matheson, Cooper Wehde, Rene Gube, Tyson Bidner

David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited or Anthology Series Television
Producers: Lee Sung Jin, Steven Yeun, Ali Wong, Jake Schreier, Ravi Nandan, Alli Reich, Carrie Kemper, Jes Anderson, Savey Cathey, Inman Young, Matthew Medlin, Alex Russell, Alice Ju

Award for Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Producers: RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, Steven Corfe, Michele Mills, Tim Palazzola, John Polly, Thairin Smothers, Lisa Steele, Sara Kordy, Jen Passovoy, Jeremy McGovern, Michelle Visage, Ashlei Dabney, Michael Seligman, Alicia Gargaro-Magaña, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews

Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Standup & Talk Television
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Producers: John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton, Jeremy Tchaban, Catherine Owens, Whit Conway, Kaye Foley, Laura L. Griffin, Christopher McDaniel, Kate Mullaney, Matt Passet, Megan Peck Shub, Wynn Van Dusen, Marian Wang, Charles Wilson

Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
Welcome to Wrexham
Producers: Josh Drisko, Bryan Rowland, Jeff Luini, Alan Bloom, Nicholas Frenkel, George Dewey, Rob McElhenney, Ryan Reynolds, Miloš Balać, Liz Spano, Aaron Lovell, Shannon Owen, Patrick McGarvey, Patrick Gooing, Molly Milstein

Award for Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures
Black Mirror: Beyond the Sea
Producers: Charlie Brooker, Jessica Rhoades, Annabel Jones

Outstanding Sports Program
Beckham (Season 1)

Outstanding Children’s Program
Sesame Street (Season 53)

Outstanding Short Form Program
Succession: Controlling the Narrative

PGA Innovation Award
Body of Mine

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