Birdman won the top prize at the Producers' Guild of America’s (PGA) annual film and television awards, which took place in Hollywood this weekend. In the film, Michael Keaton plays a former suoer hero actor attempting to revive his career by appearing in a Broadway play.
The victory for Birdman is being seen as strengthening its chances against the hotly tipped Richard Linklater-directed coming-of-age drama Boyhood. Many of the PGA's 6,700 members also vote in the Academy Awards, and the winner of the top PGA prize has gone on to win best picture at the Oscars every year since 2007, and 18 times in the past 25 years.
Last year the PGA took the unusual step of announcing a tie between the space drama Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, with the latter going on to win the best picture Oscar.
The Academy Awards will be presented on 22 February. Birdman has nine nominations, as does Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also has nine nominations. One category in which the PGA is out of step with the Academy was the best animated features. The producers opted for The Lego Movie, which was not short listed in the Academy Awards.
PGA Awards: Key winners
- The Darryl F Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures – Birdman
- The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures – The Lego Movie
- The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures – Life Itself
- The David L Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television – Fargo
- The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama – Breaking Bad
- The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy – Orange is the New Black
- The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television – A SpaceTime Odyssey
- The Award for Outstanding Digital Series - Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (http://www.crackle.com/c/comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee)