The odds of Steve McQueens epic 12 Years a Slave walking away with the best picture prize at the Academy Award ceremony on March 2 increased slightly on Sunday night when the movie tied with Gravity for the Producer’s Guild of America’s highest honour.
For the past six years, every feature film chosen by the Producers Guild of America for its top honour has gone on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards.
Many PGA members belong to the producers branch of the motion picture academy, hence the frequent alignment of the two groups’ top feature film picks, including No Country for Old Men (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Hurt Locker (2009),The King’s Speech (2010), The Artist (2011) and Argo (2012).
Although an Oscar tie is unlikely, the rare PGA split keeps the Academy Awards race wide open in one of the tightest three-way battles in years.
The other nominees in the PGA’s feature category were American Hustle,Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Other trophies presented Sunday night at the guild’s 25th annual awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif., included Frozen for animated feature, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks for documentary film, Behind the Candelabra for television movie or miniseries, Breaking Bad for TV drama series and Modern Family for TV comedy series.