With his victory at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Saturday night, Sam Mendes' World War I film "1917" may be rooted as the favorite for the best film at the next Oscar.
Mendes, flanked by several of his production partners, thanked producers who had an impact on his career and artistic development, including David Zanuck, James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and “one I've known since I was 14 years old, Pippa Harris, ”he said, gesturing fondly to his longtime partner with him on stage.
A relatively late entry into this season of truncated prizes (the Oscar has risen two weeks since last year and almost a month after the date of March 4, two years ago), Mendes' lean and propelling story of two British soldiers on a quest desperate during World The First World War gained significant momentum in its launch another month. He won the Golden Globes and the Critics & # 39; Choice Awards for his direction and photography direction, as well as the Globe for best film – drama.
The Universal Pictures film recently received an Oscar nomination for its script, considered an important qualification, as no film has won the award for best film without a written nomination since "Titanic" in 1997.
In the early evening, some betting lines had a "1917" weakness for Sony's "Oscar Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood" for the Oscar for best picture. These lines may change after the PGA's victory in the World War.
Although the PGA Award is widely regarded as a predictor of the Oscar for best picture, the two have only matched 68% of the time over its 30-year history. The PGAs and Oscars have only combined two of the last four times, agreeing with "The Shape of Water" and "Green Book" in the past two years. The only PGA candidate who hasn't been honored by the academy this year is "Knives Out".
During a joyful night with few disturbances, comedian presenters had the best lines of the night.
When presenting an award to Netflix's content director, Ted Sarandos, comedian Jimmy Kimmel said: "It was an honor to be asked at 9:45 last night to fill Ellen (DeGeneres) and present that award to Ted Sarandos." has a program on the streaming service, Kimmel listed the Netflix stars who could perform, ending with: "Where are the two popes tonight?"
Nick Kroll, presenting the Talk / Live Entertainment Television award (for an absent John Oliver), said: “Produce; produce milk; lactate; feeding a helpless baby who cannot take care of himself, also known as talent. "
The prize for producing an animated film was, unsurprisingly, for Disney / Pixar's "Toy Story 4", the heavy favorite to win the Oscar. The box office streak won the Critics & # 39; Choice Award and received six nominations for Annie. Still, it was not a blockade, considering that "Frozen 2" became the highest grossing animated film of all time, but was despised by an Oscar nomination. In addition, "Missing Link", from the respected stop motion studio Laika, took Golden Globo.
As with the PGA award and the Oscar for best film, the PGA animation prize is an unstable indicator. In his 15 years, he reached the Oscar winner only 67% of the time (although he aligned himself with the last four Oscar winners).
In the episodic drama, the victory was in the "Succession" of HBO, continuing the shame of "Game of Thrones" during the awards season, after a final season below expectations.
In presenting the television comedy award at 10 am, Billy Eichner said, "I'm gay; my night is just getting started." He noted that the nominees were all white and said, "The five named white demons are …" and heavy favorite “Fleabag” continued his turmoil in the trophy award season.
HBO's "Chernobyl" followed Emmy and Golden Globe wins with a PGA triumph for limited television series. "Apollo: Missions to the Moon" surprisingly won in cinema, a solitary documentary among fiction films. "Leaving Neverland" took the documentary to TV, "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver", live entertainment and talk talk, and games and competitions were won by the "RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race". The documentary award went to Neon's “Apollo 11.”
Among the night's special honorees were Netflix's Sarandos (Milestone Award); Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, from Plan B (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures); Marta Kauffman (Norman Lear Television Achievement Award); Octavia Spencer (Visionary Award); and the Lionsgate film "Bombshell" (Stanley Kramer Award).
Upon accepting the award for his producer, Plan B, Pitt said: “Spielberg, Grazer, Zanuck Kennedy. These are some of the names that I despise tonight when accepting this award. "
He added: “I don't regret it, except sharing our name with an emergency contraceptive. Didn't see this coming. "