Producers Guild Awards Name 'The Artist' Motion Picture of Year; 'Boardwalk Empire' Scores TV Drama (Winners List)

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The Artist, which is shaping up as a formidable force this awards season, was the victor in the best picture race at the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards, held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

In accepting the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award, Thomas Langmann, who produced the silent movie which is being distributed by the Weinstein Co., said that when he and director Michel Hazanavicius "dreamed of making The Artist, we knew we were dreaming of writing a love letter to American cinema," and Hollywood appears to be returning the love in kind. The movie's PGA win, coming on the heels of its Golden Globe win last week as best comedy/musical, puts it on track for an eventual Oscar victory, since the past four PGA victors all went on claim the Academy Award for best picture.

The PGA also seconded a number of other 2012 Globe winners: ABC's Modern Family, which was also a PGA winner last year, took home the first award of the night, the prize for outstanding episodic comedy television; PBS' Downton Abby was hailed as outstanding longform television; and The Adventures of Tintin, produced by Paramount and Sony, took the prize for animated feature. In accepting the award for Downton, Gareth Neame acknowledged his grandfather Ronald Neame and his father Chistopher Neame, both British filmmakers of note who died during the past 18 months.

HBO's Boardwalk Empire was named outstanding episodic dramatic TV, scoring its first PGA honor. CBS' The Amazing Race, taking the prize in the competition category, earned its second PGA award. And Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, the winner in the live entertainment/talk television category, won its fourth PGA Award in four years.

The feature documentary winner was Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, a portrait of the hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, directed by Michael Rapaport, who also served as one of the producers of the Sony Pictures Classics release. "I really can't believe we won," an astounded and almost flustered Rapaport said. However, Beats will not figure in the upcoming Oscar race since it did not make the shortlist of 15 documentaries that are currently in contention.

Director Steven Spielberg made two trips to the stage during the course of the evening. He was first summoned when Tintin took the animation prize. His fellow producer Kathleen Kennedy said, "We are shocked. This is a journey that began 28 years ago," and Spielberg dedicated the win "to the memory of [Tintin creator] Herge, who we tried to honor with this film."

Spielberg was then honored with one of the night's honorary awards, the David O. Selznick Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. Jeffrey Katzenberg, who co-founded the original DreamWorks, with Spielberg, presented the award, named in honor of the producer of Gone with the Wind. "No one has given us so many exciting, intimate, unforgettable movie moments," Katzenberg testified of Spielberg's career as both director and producer. "He's maintained a deep affinity with his audiences, challenging them, elevating them and always connecting with them." 

In his acceptance, Spielberg paid tribute to the producers who had taught him, citing a number of producers who oversaw the TV programs he first directed for Univeral TV as well as Richard Zanuck and David Brown, who produced Jaws. "These two guys could talk me down from every cliff I kept trying to jump off. They knew how to lift my spirits, and they knew how to return my confidence to me," he said. As he concluded his remarks, he added, "No one can succeed alone. An evening like this reminds me that for every film and TV show nominated tonight someone reached out to give you their hand. Whether all of us are working together or competing inside this very small creative community, we're always holding somebody's hand, and I am grateful to feel all of yours holding mine right now."

George Clooney made an appearance to present the PGA's Milestone Award to CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves. After winning laughs by mimicikng how Moonves would talk him into taking parts when the executive was heading Warner Bros. TV, Clooney added, "In the long run, he inspired loyality." Noting that he is the first recipient of the honor to come from the TV world, Moonves observed, "I discovered what it meant to be a producer, what a producer means to the process. Because when it comes to show business, the producer is involved with the show and the business. As everyone in this room has learned the hard way, and mentioned tonight, every production is a minor miracle."

Don Mischer, a master of producing and directing live events, was honored with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. He brought along a vivid demonstration of why "some of us who do live events have been called stress junkies." For the opening of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Mischer knew that the torch that was being carried into the stadium had enough fuel to last about ten minutes. It worked fine in rehearsal, but at the actual event, the torch-bearers, caught up in the moment, were not moving fast enough. Fearing that the torch would die out before the Olympic flame was lit, Mischer was going crazy in the control room -- his wife captured the moment on videotape, which played on screens in the Beverly Hilton's ballroom -- as her husband could be heard yelling, "Go, go, go, go for Christ's sake!"

Another award, the Vanguard Award recognizing achievement in new media and technology, was presented to Stan Lee by Spider-Man star Toby Maguire. "His heroes aren't gods. They're us, they're humans," said Maguire. "We see ourselves in them."

The Stanley Kramer Award, which shines a spotlight on a project that raises social issues, was given to the film In the Land of Blood and Honey, its director/producer Angelina Jolie and producer Graham King. In her acceptance, Jolie said of the film about the Bosnian War, "The cast is from all sides of the conflict, and they crossed the religious and cultural divide to come together to make this film. It took great bravery. This belongs to them. This is their story, their film."

In their appearance on stage, PGA co-presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch pointed out that the guild has just reached a new milestone: It's 5,000 member. PGA member number 4,999, Hawk revealed, is producer-director J.J. Abrams. And member number 5,000 is actor-producer Brad Pitt, whose Moneyball was one of the ten movies nominated for the PGA's film award.

A complete list of nominees and winners follows:

MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION AND WEB WINNERS

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

*WINNER The Artist (Thomas Langmann)
Bridesmaids (Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend)
The Descendants (Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin)
The Help (Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green)
Hugo (Graham King, Martin Scorsese)
The Ides of March (George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver)
Midnight In Paris (Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum)
Moneyball (Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt)
War Horse (Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg)

Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

*WINNER The Adventures of Tintin
 (Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg)
Cars 2 (Denise Ream)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Melissa Cobb)
Puss In Boots (Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou)
Rango (John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski) 

The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

*WINNER Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (Michael Rapaport, Edward Parks, Frank Mele, Debra Koffler)
Bill Cunningham New York (Philip Gefter)
Project Nim (Simon Chinn)
Senna (James Gay-Rees)
The Union (Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek)

Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

*WINNER The Amazing Race, CBS (Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo)
American Idol, FOX (Charles Boyd, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon Fuller, Patrick Lynn, Nigel Lythgoe, Megan Michaels, Ken Warwick)
Dancing with the Stars, ABC (Ashley Edens Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur, Rob Wade)
Project Runway, Lifetime (Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Colleen Sands)
Top Chef, Bravo (Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Dan Murphy, Nan Strait)

Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

*WINNER The Colbert Report, Comedy Central (Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Emily Lazar)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Mary Connelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Geiger Schrift, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin A. Leman II, Jonathan Norman, Derek Westervelt)
Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO (Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin)
Saturday Night Live, NBC (Ken Aymong, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney)
The 64th Annual Tony Awards, CBS (Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss)

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

30 Rock, NBC (Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer, Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Jeff Richmond, John Riggi, Don Scardino)
The Big Bang Theory, CBS (Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Faye Oshima, Bill Prady)
Glee, FOX (Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Kenneth Silverstein)
*WINNER Modern Family, ABC (Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Jeffrey Richman, Dan O’Shannon, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker)
Parks and Recreation, NBC (Greg Daniels, Dan Goor, Howard Klein, Amy Poehler, Morgan Sackett, Michael Schur)

Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: 

30 for 30, ESPN (John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons)
*WINNER American Masters, PBS (Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks)
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Travel Channel (Christopher Collins, Julie Lei, Lydia Tenaglia, Tom Vitale)
Deadliest Catch, Discovery Channel (Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, John Gray, Sheila McCormack, Ethan Prochnik, Bill Pruitt, Matt Renner)
Undercover Boss, CBS (Chris Carlson, Susan Hoenig, Eli Holzman, Sandi Johnson, Stephen Lambert, Allison Schermerhorn)

News Programs: 

Anderson Cooper 360, CNN
BBC World News America, BBC
NBC News with Brian Williams, NBC
The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC
*WINNER 60 Minutes, CBS

Sports Programs:

Monday Night Football, ESPN
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, HBO
Sports Center, ESPN
*WINNER 30 for 30, ESPN
2010 FIFA World Cup, ABC / ESPN / ESPN2
U.S. Open Tennis Championship, CBS / ESPN2 / Tennis Channel

Children’s Programs:

Dora the Explorer, Nickelodeon
iCarly, Nickelodeon
Phineas and Ferb, Disney Channel
*WINNER Sesame Street, PBS
SpongeBob Squarepants, Nickelodeon

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

Cinema Verite, HBO (Zanne Devine, Karyn McCarthy)
*WINNER Downton Abbey, Masterpiece/PBS (Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame)
The Kennedys, ReelzChannel (Jon Cassar, Jonathan Koch, Stephen Kronish, Steve Michaels, Michael Prupas, Jamie Paul Rock, Joel Surnow)
Mildred Pierce, HBO (Todd Haynes, Pamela Koffler, Ilene S. Landress, Christine Vachon)
Too Big To Fail, HBO (Carol Fenelon, Jeffrey Levine, Paula Weinstein)

Web Series: 

Ask a Ninja, blip.tv
The Guild, WatchTheGuild.com
Parks and Recreation Presents: ‘April & Andy’s Road Trip’, NBC.com
*WINNER 30 Rock Presents Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero, NBC.com
Web Therapy, LStudio.com

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

*WINNER Boardwalk Empire, HBO (Eugene Kelly, Howard Korder, Stephen Levinson, Martin Scorsese, Rudd Simmons, Tim Van Patten, Terence Winter)
Dexter, Showtime (Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn, Chip Johannessen, Robert Lloyd Lewis)
Game of Thrones, HBO (David Benioff, Frank Doelger, Mark Huffam, Carolyn Strauss, D.B. Weiss)
The Good Wife, CBS (Brooke Kennedy, Michelle King, Robert King, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker)
Mad Men, AMC (Jonathan Abrahams, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Blake McCormick, Dwayne Shattuck, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner)

Special honors were also given to Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award), and In the Land of Blood and Honey (The Stanley Kramer Award).

The 2012 Producers Guild Awards was co-chaired by Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim.

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