Thursday, October 6, 2022

PGA Awards: ‘CODA,’ ‘Succession’ win top honours

Musical drama ‘Coda’ directed by Sian Heder, took the top film prize at the annual Producers Guild Awards.
What began as a Sundance sales sensation directed by Heder – the heart-tugging story following the only hearing family member in a tribe of charismatic New England fishermen – won the Darryl F. Zanuck award for best motion picture producing, reports Variety.
Other notable film winners at Los Angeles’ Fairmont Hotel were Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ for documentary feature, and the musical juggernaut ‘Encanto’ for best producers of an animated film.
‘Succession’ took home the Norman Felton Award for outstanding episodic drama.
‘Ted Lasso’ continued its trophy collection spree by claiming the Danny Thomas Award for outstanding television comedy. ‘Mare of Easttown’ won the David L. Wolper award for outstanding producer of a limited series.
Power players including Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Donna Langley, Neon head Tom Quinn, Marvel Studios head of physical and postproduction Victoria Alonso, super-producer Ryan Murphy and more circulated before prizes were handed out.
Early in the evening was the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Lucasfilm founder George Lucas and present leader Kathleen Kennedy. Long-time collaborator and Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg presented to the duo.
“My wish is you feel the impact he’s had on your life, and the lives of your kids and grandkids. And, yes George, we’re of an age now where the great-grandkids are watching ‘Star Wars’ for the first time,” Spielberg told the audience.
Kennedy, whose body of work has earned a staggering 120 Academy Award nominations, called Lucas “my friend, mentor and the greatest master Jedi of them all.”
EGOT winner Rita Moreno was awarded the Stanley Kramer prize, for her trailblazing career and off-screen life advocating for social justice. (IANS)
Winners at the 2022 PGA Awards:
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: CODA
Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures: Summer of Soul (… or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: Encanto
Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television — Drama: Succession (Season 3)
David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited-Series Television: Mare of Easttown
Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television — Comedy: Ted Lasso (Season 2)
Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Stand-up, and Talk Television: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (Season 8)
Award for Outstanding Producer of Game and Competition Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 13)
Award for Outstanding Producer of Nonfiction Television: The Beatles: Get Back (Season 1)
Award for Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures: Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free — The Making of Wildflowers