The practice of using the Producers Guild Awards to predict who will win at the Oscars won’t be any help in this unusually uncertain year. Last night, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave were both crowned Best Picture in the guild’s first-ever tie—and so the category that’s correctly predicted the way the Academy would vote for the past six years may be useful for declaring those two the frontrunners, perhaps, but it's not especially helpful for office pool purposes. Or, as Deadline put it, everyone went into the ceremony hoping for clarity, but “instead we got chaos,” wrote the site about this mathematical split decision, in a contest to declare a movie the favorite of a group of wealthy people in tuxedos.
Chaos reigned slightly less in the other categories, where other notable winners included Breaking Bad (Best Drama Series), Modern Family (Best Comedy Series), Behind The Candelabra (Best TV Movie), Frozen (Best Animated Feature), We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks (Best Documentary), The Colbert Report (Best Talk Show), and Sesame Street (Best Children’s Program). None of these will help you with the Oscars either—except for Sesame Street, of course, where “Anything Dirty Or Dingy Or Dusty” remains the Oscar favorite for the 44th year in a row. Congratulations, Bruce Dern!
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