Story by: Jack Foley
MARTIN Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic, The
Aviator, has won the Producers' Guild of America's top award.
Film-makers Michael Mann and Graham King were jointly named
producers of the year for the movie, which dramatically heightens
its chances of Oscar success.
In 11 out of the past 15 years, the Guild has honoured films
that went on to win best picture at February's showpiece event.
And The Aviator has already triumphed at the Golden
Globes, where it was named best picture and its star, Leonardo
DiCaprio, was named best actor.
Another movie winner was Hotel
Rwanda, which took the award for tackling social issues.
The film tells the true story of a hotel manager who saved people
from the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
It shared the award with Innocent Voices, a fictional account
of a boy's experience during the Salvadoran civil war.
On TV, Mike Nichols' critically-acclaimed Angels in America,
starring Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, won the award for best TV
mini-series, while Curb Your Enthusiasm was best comedy series.
The Sopranos was named best episodic drama, while The Ellen DeGeneres
Show took the guild's variety television award at the Los Angeles