‘Birdman’ unexpectedly wins Producers Guild’s top film prize

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Birdman’ takes top prize for Producers Guild.

The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards should offer a low-key preview to the Academy Awards and a chance for favorites to begin polishing up their acceptance speeches. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Birdman received a welcome lift on its flight to the Oscars after winning the Producers Guild of America’s highest film award Saturday night. The win delivers needed momentum to Alejandro Inarritu’s showbiz romp following its upset loss to The Grand Budapest Hotel in the Golden Globes’ comedy category earlier this month. PGA winners have gone on to win the Academy Award for best picture, the film industry’s highest honor, for the past seven years. “Birdman,” the first comedy from Mexican director and producer Alejandro G. Inarritu said his crew’s “only ambition was a risky and experimental kind of exploration in the cinematic land, to go through the mind of an artist with this complexity and the stressful mind of Riggan Thomson played by the incredible Michael Keaton.” “Birdman,” from Fox Searchlight Pictures, has been among the favorites in the Hollywood awards season.

Notably absent from the nominees was Selma, which had been named among the year’s best films by various industry groups, including an Oscar nomination. Other trophies presented Saturday night included The Lego Movie for animated feature, Life Itself for documentary film, Fargo for television movie or miniseries, Breaking Bad for TV drama series, Orange is the New Black for TV comedy series and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee for digital series.

Awards experts believe voters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wanted to reward the indie film that director Richard Linklater made over 12 years with the same actors. In the last six years, SAG best-ensemble and Academy Award best-picture winners have lined up three times (“Argo,” ”The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire”), while diverging just as often.

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