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12 Years A Slave and Gravity tie for Producer's Guild of America top prize


Story by Jack Foley

STEVE McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave has tied with Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (pictured) for best film at the prestigious Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) awards.

The unprecedented move marks the first time in the organisation’s 25-year history that two films have shared the award and underlines just how competitive and difficult to call this year’s Oscars race is.

The PGAs are usually seen as another key indicator of which film will go on to claim best picture at the Academy Awards. The group has correctly picked the winner for the past six years.

In other awards handed out at the ceremony, Disney’s Frozen took best animation while Liberace drama Behind The Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and directed by Steven Soderbergh, won best TV film – it wasn’t screened in US cinemas.

Breaking Bad took the coveted best episodic TV drama, while comedy Modern Family won best episodic comedy.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks scooped best documentary and Sesame Street won outstanding children’s programme.

There was also an award for James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who were among those given special honours for their contribution to film.

The Oscars take place on March 2, with 12 Years A Slave, Gravity and American Hustle seen as the front-runners most likely to enjoy multiple awards success.

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