Little Miss Sunshine was the surprise feature-film winner at the 2007 Producers Guild Awards.
The (superficially) offbeat family comedy directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Michael Arndt has also been nominated for the Directors Guild Award and for the Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble, which includes Alan Arkin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, and Abigail Breslin (above, in red).
Five individuals – Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger, and Ron Yerxa – were considered the official producers of the film. That will probably give the Academy some grief when Little Miss Sunshine receives its inevitable Oscar nomination for best picture next Tuesday. Academy rules allow only three producers to be credited for any best film nominee.
According to Variety, the Producers Guild winner has matched the best picture Oscar winner 11 times in the past 17 years. In the last two years, however, there were disagreements between the two groups.
In 2004, the PGA went for The Aviator while the Academy opted for Million Dollar Baby. Last year, the PGA (like just about every other group) voted for Brokeback Mountain while the Academy went for Crash.
This year may well be the third time in a row that the PGA and the Academy disagree, but then again stranger things (such as last year's Crash win) have happened.
Cars, produced by Darla K. Anderson, and directed by John Lasseter and Joe Ranft was named best animated feature.
Variety also reported that Al Gore gave a well-received speech at the presentation of the Stanley Kramer Award to the producers of An Inconvenient Truth.
The 18th Producers Guild of America (PGA) episodic television nominees were announced on Dec. 5, '06. Feature-film and long-form television nominees were announced on Jan. 3, '07.
The 18th Producers Guild of America (PGA) winners were announced at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Jan. 20, '07.
(“*” denotes the winner in each category)
The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
DREAMGIRLS (Dreamworks SKG/Paramount Pictures)
* LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Fox Searchlight)
David T. Friendly
Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa
THE QUEEN (Miramax Films)
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
FLUSHED AWAY (Dreamworks Animation)
HAPPY FEET (Warner Bros.)
ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN (20th Century Fox Animation)
MONSTER HOUSE (Sony Pictures Animation)
The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television
BLEAK HOUSE (PBS/BBC)
* ELIZABETH I (HBO)
FLIGHT 93 (A&E Television)
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (The Disney Channel)
MRS. HARRIS (HBO)
The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Comedy
Ron Howard & Brian Grazer
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Robert B. Weide
MY NAME IS EARL
Henry Lange, Jr.
* THE OFFICE
Mark A. Burley
The Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Drama
* GREY'S ANATOMY
Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Ilene S. Landress
Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television
THE AMAZING RACE 9
Betram van Munster
Hayma "Screech" Washington
* 60 MINUTES
The Johnny Carson Producers of the Year Award in Variety Television
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN
* REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
THE XX OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES: OPENING CEREMONY
David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Doug Wick & Lucy Fisher
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
Stanley Kramer Award
An Inconvenient Truth by Davis Guggenheim