‘1917’ takes top prize at Producers Guild Awards

If the Producers Guild Awards are a real predictor of the Oscars’ finest movie class, then the World War I movie “1917” is poised to return away with the top honor in a couple of weeks.

The Sam Mendes movie received the award for theatrical movement image at the untelevised ceremony Saturday night time at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Many within the crowd appeared shocked after Reese Witherspoon introduced the winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, which has gone on to win the very best image Oscar 21 out of 30 instances — together with the previous two years, with “Green Book” and “The Shape of Water.”

“This film was inspired by my grandfather, Alfred Mendes, and my hope was to honor his experience,” stated Mendes, who co-produced and directed the challenge. He additionally stated it was his first time attending the awards, and thanked the guild for recognizing his movie.

“This was best experience of my professional life,” he added.

Released late final month, “1917” has made a splash throughout awards season, together with one other shock victory in the very best drama image class at the Golden Globes.

At the PGA awards, the warfare movie bested different contenders like “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Knives Out,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Parasite” and “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood.” “1917″ has now constructed robust momentum heading into the Academy Awards on Feb. 9.

In different classes, “Toy Story 4” took residence the animation award, “Fleabag” received the episodic comedy tv award and “Chernobyl” collected finest restricted collection.

“Producing a film takes a village,” stated “Toy Story 4″ co-producer Mark Nielsen, whereas fellow producer Jonas Rivera stood beside him.

Multiple particular honors got out all through the night for manufacturing work together with to Octavia Spencer, Netflix’s chief content material officer Ted Sarandos, “Friends” co-creator Martha Kauffman, the movie “Bombshell,” and Plan B Entertainment’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

“When I started off as an actor, I wondered about producers, ‘What the (expletive) do they do?’” Pitt jokingly stated after accepting the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. Plan B has been behind “Moonlight” and “12 Years a Slave.”

“I’m now painfully aware of what you do,” he said. “I commend you all. Our job as producers are protectors, stewards. … Stewards of the story and protectors of the storytellers. And I find that to be an awesome responsibility.”

Spencer obtained the Visionary Award, struggling to ship her acceptance speech via tears. The actress who starred in “The Help” and “Hidden Figures” stated performing was her backup plan to being a producer, which was “the dream” for her.

“As an actor, I learned that my job was to find the truth in every scene and bring humanity to the characters I portray,” stated Spencer, who runs the manufacturing firm Orit Entertainment with Brian Clisham. Their firm has produced the Apple TV Plus drama collection “Truth Be Told,” and Spencer is starring in and producing an upcoming Netflix restricted collection about Madam C.J. Walker.

“Now as a producer, I understand that Brian and I must maintain that insight with the movie and television series we develop,” she continued. “We look forward to adding fresh perspectives from diverse storytellers who enlighten, uplift and most importantly entertain.”

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