Oscar Race is heating up.

In what could well turn out to be a major shocker, during the run up to the industries biggest award ceremony, “Birdman”has picked up the PGA (Producers Guild of America Award) for best picture. This is shocking news down to the fact that usually the winner of this accolade wins the ultimate prize come February. With early favourite ‘Boyhood’ not picking up this film therefore, the competition has been thrust wide open.

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With news of Birdman’s win fluctuating around the Industry, it is beginning to heat up what could well be one of the closest OSCAR wins ever. With both films handling academy favourite subjects – actors and there psych and the real life interpretation of characters – it is still unknown to whom the award is most likely going to be given. You have to go all the way back to 2006 to find the winner of this award not become the overall academy winner, with ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ picking up the PGA and ‘The Departed’ deservedly winning the OSCAR. Last year had two winners, ‘Gravity’ and ‘ 12 Years a Slave’ , which once again could be seen as throwing a spanner into the ‘Birdman’ hype. However, it is not to be forgotten that ‘Birdman’ has been received commercially and critically well, and the power is now behind Michael Keaton’s vehicle to perhaps cause an OSCAR upset. To close on this subject, it was always going to be that ‘Birdman’ was a favourite amongst the actor section of the board, but with the win now under their belt, it becomes more apparent that throughout everyone within the deciding sect has some incline towards this picture.

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Below is the winners of all of this years PGA awards :-

Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producer: Dan Lin

Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures)

Producers: Garrett Basch, Steve James, Zak Piper


Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television

Fargo (FX)

Producers: Adam Bernstein, John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Michael Frislev, Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Chad Oakes, Kim Todd

Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy

Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)

Producer: Mark A. Burley, Sara Hess, Jenji Kohan, Gary Lennon, Neri Tannenbaum, Michael Trim, Lisa I. Vinnecour

Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey (FOX/NatGeo)

Producers: Brannon Braga, Mitchell Cannold, Jason Clark, Ann Druyan, Livia Hanich, Steve Holtzman, Seth MacFarlane


Outstanding Producer of Competition Television

The Voice (NBC)

Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John De Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker

Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Producers: Rob Crabbe, Jamie Granet Bederman, Katie Hockmeyer, Jim Juvonen, Josh Lieb, Brian McDonald, Lorne Michaels, Gavin Purcell

Outstanding Sports Program

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

Oustanding Children’s Program

Sesame Street (PBS)

Outstanding Digital Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Stanley Kramer Award

The Normal Heart

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It should also be noted that ‘Lego Movie’ has achieved a highly prestigious award, which could well draw in an Oscar win for the undervalued animated movie.

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