'Nomadland,' Pixar's 'Soul,' 'My Octopus Teacher' are big film winners at Producers Guild Awards
Director/producer Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland," starring Frances McDormand as a van-dwelling woman, continued its awards season surge, taking the pinnacle award at the Oscar harbinger: best theatrical motion picture.
The drama, nominated for six Oscars including best picture, beat out "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," "Judas and the Black Messiah," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Mank," "Minari," "One Night In Miami," "Promising Young Woman," "Sound of Metal," and "The Trial of the Chicago 7."
"Soul" took best animated feature. "My Octopus Teacher" won best documentary.
On the television side of the awards honoring producers, "The Crown" won best TV drama and "The Last Dance," about the Chicago Bulls' final championship season, scored best nonfiction TV.
Host Tracee Ellis Ross referred to the virtual awards as an "experiment in producing. And everyone knows how exciting and terrifying that can be."
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Here's the complete list of winners:
Best theatrical motion picture: "Nomadland"
Producer Peter Spears accepted the award, saying "Nomadland" was "about community, and what connects us."
"There's a line in the film, 'What's remembered, lives.'" said Spears. "I speak for all the producers when I say, we'll remember this always."
Best episodic drama TV: "The Crown," season 4.
The Netflix royalty series beat "Better Call Saul," "Bridgerton," "The Mandalorian" and "Ozark." Producer Suzanne Mackie thanked all producers for their work during the pandemic. "Television drama has saved my soul," Mackie said.
Best nonfiction TV: "The Last Dance"
"The Last Dance" beat shows including Netflix's "The Tiger King." Producer Jason Hehir said he hoped the ESPN series, one of the first binge-hits of the pandemic, "brought a little bit of levity to a tough time."
Best limited series TV: "The Queen's Gambit"
Producer William Horberg said of winning the award for the Netflix series about a gifted chess champion: "If no one had seen this show, we were proud of it and knew we did the best that we could."
Best streamed or televised motion picture: "Hamilton"
Producer Thomas Kail said he was humbled to permanently record Lin-Manuel Miranda's stage production to Disney+ streaming, "to carve them out in marble."
Best animated feature: "Soul"
Producer Dana Murray thanked the Pixar production team, adding, "Frances McDormand if you're watching right now, I feel like we should be besties."
Best documentary motion picture: "My Octopus Teacher"
Producer and star Craig Foster thanked his film team and the water-dwelling subject "my octopus teacher, that extraordinary animal that taught me so much."
Best episodic television comedy: "Schitt's Creek" (Season 6)
"To say that Schitt's Creek has been the highlight of 50 years in entertainment, that would be an understatement," said producer and star Eugene Levy when accepting the award.
Best live entertainment and talk TV: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (Season 7)
Best game and competition television: "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Season 12)