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Birdman boosts Oscars hope with Producers Guild of America win


Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Keaton’s film Birdman has boosted its chance of Oscars success by winning the Producers’ Guild of America’s top award in the US.

The film beat Richard Linklater’s Boyhood to the accolade, which is significant given the Guild’s knack for predicting the winner of the Best Picture statuette at the Oscars. It has done so correctly for the past seven years.

Boyhood had been seen as the frontrunner for best picture given its success in other recent awards ceremonies (most notably The Golden Globes).

But the Producers’ decision has blown the Oscars race, which take place in Hollywood on February 22, 2015, wide open.

Another reason that the win is significant for Birdman‘s hopes is that many of the PGA’s 6,700 members are also Oscar voters.

The stats also show that the winner of the top PGA prize has gone on to win best picture at the Oscars every year since 2007, and 18 times in the past 25 years.

However, last year the PGA did hedge its bets by announcing a tie between 12 Years a Slave – which went on to win the Academy Award – and space drama Gravity.

Further winners at Saturday’s ceremony included The Lego Movie, which was named best animated feature, despite not even having been nominated in that category at the Academy Awards.

Life Itself was named best documentary, while TV shows Fargo, Breaking Bad and Orange Is The New Black were among the small screen victors.

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