Producers pick 12 Years a Slave and Gravity for its top honour

2014-01-20 12:59
 
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Beverly Hills - 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.

Sunday night, Steve McQueen's historical epic 12 Years a Slave and Alfonso Cuaron's space odyssey Gravity tied for the guild's highest honour.

While 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.

It may have been shut out by the producers, but David O Russell's con caper American Hustle is also still very much in the running following a week of big showings at the Golden Globes, Oscar nominations and Screen Actors Guild 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), Slum Dog Millionaire (2008), The Hurt Locker (2009), The King's Speech (2010), The Artist (2011) and Argo (2012).

Other trophies presented on Sunday night at the guild's 25th annual awards ceremony in Beverly Hills 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.

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