On Saturday night at the Producers Guild of America award ceremony, “The Artist” took another step toward what is increasingly seeming like its inevitable Best Picture win at the Academy Awards next month. The Michel Hazanavicius silent film took home top feature honors, defeating “Hugo,” “The Help,” “Midnight in Paris,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Moneyball,” “The Ides of March,” “Bridesmaids,” “War Horse,” and its biggest competitor, “The Descendants,” for the award.

The PGA win for “The Artist” comes on the heels of its Golden Globes win for Best Feature – Musical or Comedy last weekend.

“We knew we were making a love letter to American cinema,” producer Thomas Langmann said during his acceptance speech.

“I could do nothing without the producer, Thomas Langmann, who really did a great job and who really allowed me — permitted me — to make the movie,” Hazanavicius told Moviefone late last year. “He’s been very supportive — he gave me this confidence and also put some of his own money in the project. In a way in it was crazy, but it was good craziness.”

In more surprising PGA news, “The Adventures of Tintin” took home the Best Animated Feature award, besting presumed favorite “Rango.” Will the combined power of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg be enough to push “Tintin” to an Oscar win in the category? Judging from the recent past: perhaps. Since instituting a Best Animated Feature category in 2005 has tapped the eventual Oscar winner in five out of six years.

Odds are a little lower for “The Artist,” but still great: 15 of the 22 PGA winners have gone on to win an Oscar. The last time that wasn’t the case was in 2006 when “Little Miss Sunshine” won the PGA award, but “The Departed” won Best Picture.

[via Variety]


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