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Green Book, a dramedy about a friendship that developed between Italian-American Tony Lip and black pianist Dr. Don Shirley during a road trip through the Jim Crow-era South, won over the members of the Producers Guild of America, which awarded the film its top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, during the 30th annual Producers Guild of America Awards ceremony, which was held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly, prevailed over a widely diverse array of nominees that included Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, A Quiet Place, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice. The Universal release, produced with the backing of Participant Media and DreamWorks, began its awards season run when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was the surprise winner of the audience award, and while it has since become the subject of much debate, it now appears to be charting a winning trajectory, having been hailed as best film of the year by the National Board of Review and picking up a Golden Globe as best motion picture comedy.
Farrelly — who also produced the film and shared the PGA Award with his fellow producers Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Hayes Currie and Nick Vallelonga — was elated as he accepted the honor. Having built a career on envelope-pushing comedies before moving into more serious territory like Green Book, he admitted, "You know, when you make Dumb & Dumber, you don't ever expect to get an award." Farrelly went on to say that filming Green Book had been such a satisfying experience for him, "I don't need awards. This award to me is like Warren Buffett winning the lottery."
In the equally competitive races for animated feature and documentary feature, Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse and Focus' Won't You Be My Neighbor? prevailed.
Spider-verse fended off competition from animation powerhouses Pixar, fielding Incredibles 2, and Disney Animation, with its Ralph Wrecks the Internet. Telling the story of the half-black, half-Latino hero Miles Morales, an alternate universe Spider-man, the film won over a big fan base by offering kids of color a young hero to whom they can relate. Producer Phil Lord said as he accepted the honor, "We tried hard to make a movie good enough for Miles Morales and his family to be in."
Meanwhile, by focusing on kids' TV host Fred Rogers, with his commitment to gentleness and kindness, doc winner Won't You Be My Neighbor? appeared to appeal to audiences looking for an antidote to the current divisive national scene.
On the TV side, the PGA Award winner for outstanding producer of episodic TV, drama, was FX's The Americans, and Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took the prize for episodic TV comedy.
For the first time, the PGA split the awards for longform television into two categories. The newly named David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television was given to FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, while the newly created award for Outstanding Produced of Streamed or Television Movies went to HBO's Fahrenheit 451.
Also during the awards show, special honors were given to Kevin Feige, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Kenya Barris, Toby Emmerich and Jane Fonda.
The 30th annual PGA Awards, which were introduced by PGA presidents Lucy Fisher and Gail Berman, were overseen by event chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal.
The full list of PGA Award winners is below.
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