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‘1917’ wins big at PGA looks to Oscars

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:10 AM
Director Sam Mendes (centre) on set of ‘1917’ with actors Dean-Charles Chapman (left) and George MacKay.
Buzz Lightyear (left), voiced by Tim Allen; Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks; and Bo Peep, voiced by Annie Potts, in a scene from ‘Toy Story 4’.

The Sir Sam Mendes-directed war film, 1917, won the Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures gong at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA) on Saturday night.

The acclaimed movie, which stars the likes of Mark Strong, Andrew Scott and Richard Madden, won the prestigious award during the annual bash at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. It fought off stiff competition from Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Joker and Parasite. 1917 has so far picked up Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards for its cinematography and direction, as well as the Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The Universal Pictures film recently earned a total of 10 Oscar nominations.

Elsewhere, Apollo 11, the documentary film edited, produced and directed by Todd Douglas Miller, won the Outstanding Documentary Motion Picture award.

Another of the evening’s big winners was Toy Story 4, which claimed the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. The Josh Cooley-directed movie – which features Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Keanu Reeves – was one of the biggest cinematic successes of 2019, and is now the highest-grossing instalment of the money-spinning franchise.

Fleabag, the comedy-drama series created and written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, was named as the winner of the award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy.

Meanwhile, Leaving Neverland, the much-discussed documentary that focuses on sexual assault allegations made against pop icon Michael Jackson, was also recognised at the awards bash in Los Angeles.

British film-maker Dan Reed was named as the Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television for his work.