‘Birdman’ Swept the Producers Guild Awards

Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has added another big win to his list of accolades after scoring the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday.

The filmmaker and his co-producers John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole were named the winners of the prestigious Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures for their work on the Oscar-nominated comedy drama, beating the power players behind other awards season favorites Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game, among others.

The team behind The LEGO Movie had reason to celebrate after claiming the Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, while producers behind Life Itself earned the documentary film honour.

The brains behind TV hits Breaking Bad and Fargo also landed big wins with The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama and The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television, respectively, and Orange Is the New Black producers walked away from the Los Angeles ceremony with The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy.

Other previously announced winners at the Producers Guild of America bash included Jon Feltheimer (Milestone Award), Mark Gordon (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Gale Anne Hurd (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures) and officials at Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment (Visionary Award).

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