Producers Guild Basks in 'Sunshine'
Animated prize goes to 'Cars'; 'Grey's,' 'Office' win TV honors
At the Saturday (Jan. 20) ceremony, the PGA gave the Darryl F. Zanuck trophy to credited "Little Miss Sunshine" producers Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa.
The dysfunctional family comedy broke out at last year's Sundance Film Festival and becomes the first straight-up comedy to win the PGA prize, topping favored dramas "Babel," "The Departed," "Dreamgirls" and "The Queen."
While the PGA and Oscar best picture winners have lined up 11 times in 17 years (making it only a mediocre award season bellwether), the groups have been out of synch the past two years. The PGA has celebrated "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Aviator" in place of Oscar winners "Crash" and "Million Dollar Baby."
Also on the film side, the Producers Guild recognized "Cars" as best animated feature.
On the TV side, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" won the guild's award for episodic drama, while NBC's "The Office" took the episodic comedy prize. Other TV winners were HBO's "Elizabeth I" (long form) and "Real Time with Bill Maher" (variety) and CBS' "60 Minutes" (non-fiction television).