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The Artist and Angelina Jolie triumph at Producers' Guild Awards

The Artist

Story by Jack Foley

SILENT movie The Artist continues to be the dominant force in the awards season, taking the top honour at the prestigious Producers’ Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

But there was also a main prize for first-time director Angelina Jolie, whose film In The Land of Blood and Honey, which she also wrote and produced, took home the Stanley Kramer award in recognition of the fact that it highlights a provocative social issue.

Commenting on The Artist‘s success, producer Thomas Langmann said: “When Michel Hazanavicius and I dreamed of making The Artist, we knew we were dreaming of writing a love letter to American cinema. We never knew in return we would get a taste of the American dream.”

The film beat nine others to the title, including The Descendants, War Horse, Moneyball, The Help and Bridesmaids.

Further film awards were presented to Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, which won best-produced animated film, beating the likes of Cars 2, Rango, Puss In Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2.

Spielberg was also awarded the David O Selznick achievement award.

While comic-book legend Stan Lee received the Vanguard award, presented by former Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire.

In the TV categories, there was further success for Downton Abbey, which won in the long-form television category.

Martin Scorsese-produced mobster saga Boardwalk Empire was named best-produced TV drama.

And Modern Family was named best-produced television comedy for a second consecutive year.

Next awards story: The Artist triumphs at London Film Critics’ Circle Awards