Producers Guild of America
The 2023 PGA Awards are currently underway as the Producers Guild of America honors its picks for the year’s best in film and TV.
Daveed Diggs kicked off the show with opening commentary. Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro was the first winner of the evening, presented by HacksHannah Einbinder, as he noted, was “a fantastic year for animation, every artist in this category is trying to push it,” again emphasizing that animation is an art form for an audience outside of kids.
BJ Novak presented the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television to Mindy Kaling, commemorating their early days together on The office and their careers since then. “She knows a lot about producing now, but she was good at it before she did because she’s a great producer for the same reason that a lot of people, including herself, are great parents right away. She cares so much about knowing what to do or finding out quickly,” he said, adding, “She cares so much about everything, and I care about her so much.”
Upon her acceptance, Kaling dedicated the award to her late mother and thanked her The office producers Greg Daniels and Howard Klein for giving her a start. She also shouted out to Lear for “paving the way for all kinds of people to focus on TV — nuanced, three-dimensional people who are awkward or selfish at times, but they’re always hilarious.” Kaling also thanked her studio exec partners, “powerful people who have all believed in me, believed in the good cause of inclusive content, and encouraged me to fill my productions with tons of new talent, especially women of color.”
Eugenio Derbez presented the best episodic TV, drama The White Lotusto producer David Bernad, who jokingly apologized to those in the audience who voted for the show and hoped to see Mike White or Jennifer Coolidge give a speech, and Dave Burd presented outstanding live entertainment, variety, skit, stand-up and talk television Last week tonight with John Oliver.
Ron Howard took the stage to present the Milestone Award to Warner Bros.’ Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, who reflected on their long career and partnership in their speech. “Pam and I wouldn’t be anywhere without the artists we work with, a big thank you to them and all the filmmakers who trust us to advocate for them and be there to take their work out into the world,” said De Luca, with a acceptance speech to Warner Bros. Discovery boss David Zazlov, teasing that they’d do the work for free, but he wouldn’t get any ideas.
Mo Amer presented to Lizzo’s Watch out for the big grrrlswho won for Outstanding Producer of Game and Competition Television, and Diego Luna Presented Outstanding Documentary Film Navalny. Anjelah Johnson-Reyes presented the outstanding producer of non-fiction television Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italyand Patricia Arquette led an In Memoriam tribute segment.
Avatar: the way of the water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Elvis, Everything everywhere at once, The Fables, Glass Onion: A Mystery of the Blades, Stockroom, Top gun: Maverick And The whale are in the running for the night’s top honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
In the TV categories, Andor, You better call Saul, Ozark, Dismissal And The White Lotus are nominated for drama while Abbot Elementary School, Barry, The bear, Hacks And Only kills in the building are in for comedy. Dahmer – Monster: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer, The dropout, invent Anna, Obi Wan Kenobi And Pam and Tommy round out the limited series or anthology category.
Aside from the competitive awards, Tom Cruise is recognized with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award and Until with the Stanley Kramer Award.
The non-televised show, now in its 34th year, takes place at the Beverly Hilton.
Read on for a full list of this year’s nominees, which will be updated once the winners are announced live. Refresh for the latter.
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Best Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Avatar: the way of the water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Everything everywhere at once
Glass Onion: A Mystery of the Blades
Top gun: Maverick
Award for Best Producer of Animated Feature Films
Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro (WINNER)
Marcel the shell with shoes on
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Norman Felton Award for Best Producer of Episodic Television – Drama
You better call Saul
The White Lotus (WINNER)
Danny Thomas Award for Best Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy
Abbot Elementary School
Only kills in the building
David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer or Limited of Anthology Series Television
Dahmer – Monster: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer
Obi Wan Kenobi
Pam and Tommy
Award for Outstanding Producer of Television or Streamed Movies
Hocus Pocus 2
Strange: The Story of Al Yankovic (WINNER)
Award for Best Producer of Non-Fiction Television
30 for 30
George Carlin’s American Dream
Lucy and Desi
Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy (WINNER)
Award for Best Producer of Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Stand-up and Talk Television
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Last week tonight with John Oliver (WINNER)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Saturday Night Live
Award for Best Producer of Game and Competition Television
The great race
Lizzo’s Watch out for the big grrrls (WINNER)
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Picture
Everything that breathes
Fire of love
More to come.