BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (MCT) – "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" tied for top honors at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Sunday night, beating front-runner "American Hustle" and throwing open one of the tightest Oscar races in years.
"Gravity" producers Alfonso Cuaron and David Heyman and "12 Years a Slave" producers Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner shared the Darryl F. Zanuck outstanding producer of theatrical motion picture prize. The tie is the first in this category in PGA history.
Also nominated were the producers of "Blue Jasmine," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Saving Mr. Banks" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."
The PGAs are a bellwether of the best picture award at the Oscars. The last time the Producers Guild of America and the Academy Awards differed on their top choices was seven years ago when "Little Miss Sunshine" won the Zanuck trophy and the Academy Award went to "The Departed."
Also winning PGA awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel were "Frozen" in the animated motion picture category and "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" in the documentary motion picture category.
The television winners echoed the Golden Globes a week earlier: The comedy series award went to the producers of "Modern Family." The drama series award went to "Breaking Bad." The long-form TV award went to "Behind the Candelabra."
The live entertainment and talk award went to "The Colbert Report."