Brokeback Mountain Takes Top Pga Award
Controversial movie BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN was named Best Picture at the 17th annual Producers Guild Of America (PGA) awards last night (22JAN06), keeping it on track for Oscar glory in March (06).
The ANG LEE-directed film's producers, DIANA OSSANA and JAMES SCHAMUS, collected the award at the event at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Previous PGA form now points towards Brokeback Mountain being a likely Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards - 11 out of the 16 films to take the top PGA prize have gone on to win the Oscars equivalent.
Producers CLAIRE JENNINGS and NICK PARK picked up the Best Animated Picture award for WALLACE + GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT.
THE ELLEN DeGENERES SHOW won Best TV Series, while the award for Best Long-Form TV Show went to THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS.
LOST picked up Best TV Drama while ENTOURAGE picked up Best Comedy TV series. 60 MINUTES won Best Nonfiction TV Series.
Veteran film-maker CLINT EASTWOOD was presented with the Milestone Award, while producer GRANT HESLOV took home the Stanley Kramer Award for GEORGE CLOONEY film GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
Legendary B-movie producer ROGER CORMAN collected the Lifetime Achievement Award.
He told the audience, "Today, with the new methods of delivering our films on the internet etcetera, we may see the power of the major (studios) diminish a little more and we may see the producers assume their rightful place."
NORMAN LEAR won the PGA Achievement Award In Television, and AOL boss JON MILLER took home the Vanguard Award.