'Country' boys take PGA nod
EmptyThe Producers Guild of America bestowed its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award to "No Country for Old Men" at the PGA's annual awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night.
The award was presented to Scott Rudin and brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. In addition to serving as producers, the Coens also wrote and directed the Miramax/Paramount Vantage film.
In accepting the award, Rudin said it was an honor to be acknowledged by his peers and placed much of the film's success on the Coen brothers.
"The only reason I'm standing here is because of these two gentleman," Rudin said of the brothers. "They're remarkable artists and great collaborators who for 25 years have made pretty much a movie a year, all of them extraordinary."
The Coens reciprocated Rudin's accolades, thanking him and crediting him with getting the film made.
On the TV drama side, "The Sopranos" took the Norman Felton Producer of the Year, while "30 Rock" was honored with the Danny Thomas comedy series category.
Recognized for producing "Sopranos" were David Chase, Brad Grey, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter, Matthew Weiner, Harry Bronchstein, Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Martin Bruestle and Gianna Maria Smart.
The award for "30 Rock" went to Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond and Jerry Kupfer.
Brad Lewis earned the award for animated film for producing "Ratatouille," written and directed by Brad Bird.
In the theatrical documentary field, Michael Moore and Meghan O'Hara took the prize for producing "Sicko."
Moore provided a running commentary of the night's highlights as he accepted his award, joking that the news of the writers strike being nearly over was a relief.
"I'm a writer and a producer," he said. "I've been tired of negotiating with myself for the last three months."
"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," produced by Tom Thayer, Dick Wolf and Clara George, was honored in the longform television category.
For nonfiction television, the PGA singled out Alastair Fothergill and Maureen Lemire for producing the Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth."
In the live entertainment/competition race, the laurels went to "The Colbert Report," produced by Stephen T. Colbert, Jon Stewart, Allison Silverman, Richard Dahm and Meredith Bennett.
In addition, the PGA honored Alan Horn with its Milestone Award, presented by Morgan Freeman. Harrison Ford presented Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
"When we met, (Frank) had a full head of hair, and the bike Kathleen rode around the lot had training wheels," Ford joked as he introduced the producing couple.
Wolf also received the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. He was presented the award by New York City police officer Angel Cruz, who was injured on the duty and recovered through the help of a foundation Wolf helped established and supports.
In one of the highlights of the evening, "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry and Dwight Yoakam performed, as well as last season's winner, Jordin Sparks, who performed a duet with Natalie Cole. All four performers presented the show's producer Simon Fuller with the Visionary Award.
Ashton Kutcher presented YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen with the Vanguard Award.
Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Denzel Whitaker and Jurnee Smollett presented the Stanley Kramer Award to "The Great Debaters" producers Todd Black Kate Forte and Oprah Winfrey.