The Shape of Water, Handmaid's Tale, and Black Mirror dominate 2018 Producers Guild Awards

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Jan 21, 2018

The genre train keeps on a-rollin' this awards season with the announcement of the 2018 Producers Guild Award winners; the ceremony was held yesterday evening. The Shape of Water, The Handmaid's Tale, Black Mirror, and Coco were among the works of film and television nominated among the 12 available categories with all four of them earning prizes. All around, it was a good night for genre, which has fared extremely well this year with nominations and wins both big and small. And don't forget, Get Out was also being awarded the special Stanley Kramer Award from the Producer's Guild. 

This year's PGA winners within the world of genre are as follows:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Shape of Water

Producers: Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale

Dale and star Richard Jenkins accepted the award with Jenkins reading a letter from del Toro who could not attend:

"I’m sorry I couldn’t be there. Tonight I stand by the side of my father’s bed in my hometown in Mexico. I would like to ask of you all to allow me then to dedicate a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my mother, to whom my infinite gratitude belongs and and in turn as a father to offer to my kids also, may they be free to pursue their dreams and fantasies and may they stand by my side when I fade away." (via Deadline)


The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1)

Producers: Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joseph Boccia, Elisabeth Moss, Kira Snyder, Leila Gerstein


The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

Black Mirror (Season 4)

Producers: Annabel Jones, Charlie Brooker


Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Coco

Producer: Darla K. Anderson who said:

“As we know, cinema is a powerful means for engendering empathy… Now is the time for more diversity and building bridges across the world. Respect matters, dignity matters and keeping families together matters. Finally this award is dedicated to the country and people of Mexico.” (via Deadline)


The momentum began in November when Jordan Peele's Get Out cleaned up at the Gotham Awards and National Board of Review Awards. From there, it began to snowball and soon, genre was being recognized by the New York Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Critics Association, the American Film Institute's "best-of" list, BAFTA, the American Society of Cinematographers, the Director's Guild (TV and film), the Critics' Choice Awards, the Visual Effects Society Awards, and, of course, the Golden Globes. The latter yielded major gains for both The Shape of Water and The Handmaid's Tale.

With all of this recognition, genre has a real shot at making itself known at the Oscars, whose nominations are set to be announced this Tuesday.