PGA Winners: ‘The Shape of Water’ Creates a Path to Best Picture with a Preferential Ballot Victory

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Last night the Producers Guild of America handed out their awards where Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” took home The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, the top prize from the guild.

The general feeling among Oscar pundits has been that the Fox Searchlight film would struggle on a preferential ballot, which the PGA practices.  In the final Oscar Predictions that were released on Friday, I’m predicting that Guillermo del Toro‘s adult fantasy film will tie the record for the most Oscar nominations in a single year as held by “All About Eve,” “Titanic,” and last year’s “La La Land.”  They all received 14 nominations each with “All About Eve” and “Titanic” winning Best Picture.  “La La Land” famously lost in a ballot mix up to Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight.”

With PGA handing out their prize to “The Shape of Water,” the Oscar race has evolved and become even more unpredictable.  The Golden Globes handed out their Best Picture prizes to “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Lady Bird” while “The Shape of Water” won the Critics Choice.  With DGA on the horizon, where del Toro is likely to win it easily, all eyes will be on the Writers Guild of America and tonight’s SAG Awards.  “The Shape of Water” is not nominated for Cast Ensemble at SAG, which is usually a nail in the coffin for Best Picture wins as no film has won the Oscar without it since “Braveheart” in 1995, the first year for the awards show.

As we venture forward, there are still moving pieces as BAFTA could go heavy for something like “Dunkirk” from Christopher Nolan, throwing the season into even more flux.  Of course, this is all contingent on what happens when nominations are announced on Tuesday.

Other winners at the PGA Awards included Pixar’s “Coco” winning Animated while National Geographic’s “Jane” won for Documentary.

On the television side, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” took home wins for Episodic Television, Drama while Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won for Episode Television, Comedy.

Black Mirror” nabbed the win for Long-Form television with “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” winning Non-Fiction Television.  “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” edged out its competitors for Live Entertainment & Talk Television while “The Voice” added another trophy for Competition Television.

All the winners and the producers are listed below.  Go on over to our Precursor Tracker to see who leads the season in wins.

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The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“The Shape of Water
Producers: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
“Coco”
Producer: Darla K. Anderson 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures:
“Jane”
Producers: Brett Morgen, Bryan Burk, Tony Gerber, James Smith 

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Season 1)
Producers: Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joseph Boccia, Elisabeth Moss, Kira Snyder, Leila Gerstein

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Season 1)
Producers: Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Sheila Lawrence, Dhana Rivera Gilbert

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:
“Black Mirror” (Season 4)
Producers: Annabel Jones, Charlie Brooker 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” (Season 1, Season 2)
Producers: Leah Remini, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Myles Reiff, Adam Saltzberg, Erin Gamble, Lisa Rosen, Grainne Byrne, Taylor Levin, Alex Weresow, Rachelle Mendez

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (Season 4)
Producers: John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
“The Voice” (Season 12, Season 13)
Producers: John de Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson, Jay Bienstock, Stijn Bakkers, Mike Yurchuk, Teddy Valenti, Carson Daly

The PGA does not vet the individual producers of short-form programs, sports programs, or children’s programs. The winning programs in these categories are:

The Award for Outstanding Short-Form Program:
“Carpool Karaoke” (Season 1)

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (Season 23)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:
“Sesame Street” (Season 47)

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