By Jessica Ross
Jonathan Wang, speaking, and the team from Everything Everywhere All at Once on stage (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for The Producers Guild of America/AP Images)
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) hosted the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards on February 25th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The evening recognized influential film producers and entertainment icons with special honors including Tom Cruise with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures; Mindy Kaling with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television; Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy with the Milestone Award; and “Till” with the Stanley Kramer Award.
Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Courtney B. Vance. Photo by Jordan Strauss
Presenters, honorees, and nominees at the ceremony included Angela Bassett, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Austin Butler, Billy Eichner, B.J. Novak, Bob Odenkirk, Brendan Fraser, Cate Blanchett, Danielle Deadwyler, Dave Burd, Diego Luna, Eugenio Derbez, Hannah Einbinder, Hong Chau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jay Ellis, Kate Hudson, Ke Huy Quan, Kerry Condon, Leslie Odom Jr, Michelle Williams, Michelle Yeoh, Mo Amer, Monica Barbaro, Nicole Byer, Paul Dano, Robert Rodriguez, Ron Howard, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sandra Oh, Sherry Lansing, Stephanie Hsu, and Stephen Colbert among many more.
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Michael Reilly, Keith Beauchamp, Danielle Deadwyler, Barbara Broccoli, Frederick M. Zollo .Photo by Jordan Strauss
During the ceremony, Tom Cruise, who was honored with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, told the audience “it’s not just luck, you have to create that luck. You have to will it into existence, and I want you to know I am always rooting for you.” Mindy Kaling was honored with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, presented to her by B.J. Novak. She expressed gratitude for the work ethic demonstrated by her parents. “Everything I do comes back to my parents. Like many of you here, I am a child of immigrants, and that unexpectedly became my secret weapon.” Jonathan Wang accepted the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, and director Daniel Scheinert. Wang thanked his directors, saying “you guys taught me how to be joyful, fun, make a welcoming set, and be so creative and just always put people first. I love you guys so much.”
Jamie Lee Curtis.Photo by Jordan Strauss
The 2023 Producers Guild Awards Event Chairs are Mike Farah, Chief Executive Officer at Funny Or Die, and Joe Farrell, Chief Creative Officer at Funny Or Die. The 2023 Producers Guild of America Awards are produced by Anchor Street Collective for the Producers Guild of America. Branden Chapman is Executive Producer, Carleen Cappelletti is Co-Executive producer, Matt Ullian and Jane Sarkin of Boldface Partners are talent executives, and Jim Piccirillo is Director. The PGA Awards team also includes Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global) managing sponsorship, and the PGA’s PR agency of record, Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis for PR.
Kristie Macosko Krieger, Michelle Williams, Tony Kushner .Photo by Jordan Strauss
Sponsors of the 2023 Producers Guild Awards include Cadillac, the Official Vehicle, Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline, Glenfiddich Scotch, and GreenSlate, a PGA Partner.
Austin Butler . Photo by Jordan Strauss
The Producers Guild Awards are often a bellwether for the Oscars. Since its inception, the PGA has predicted 23 of the 33 winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The complete winners list for the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards is listed below:
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Producers: Jonathan Wang, p.g.a., Dan Kwan, p.g.a., Daniel Scheinert, p.g.a.
Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Producers: Guillermo Del Toro, p.g.a., Gary Ungar, p.g.a., Alex Bulkley, p.g.a.
Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television - Drama
The White Lotus
Producers: Mike White, David Bernad, Mark Kamine, Heather Persons, John M. Valerio
Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television - Comedy
Producers: Joanna Calo, Josh Senior, Christopher Storer, Hiro Murai, Rene Gube, Tyson Bidner
David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited or Anthology Series Television
Producers: Elizabeth Meriwether, Katherine Pope, Michael Showalter, Jordana Mollick, Rebecca Jarvis, Taylor Dunn, Victoria Thompson, Liz Heldens, Liz Hannah, Hilton Smith, Dan LeFranc, Amanda Seyfried, Hilary Bettis, Megan Mascena
Award for Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
Producers: Whitney Hodack, p.g.a., Mike Farah, p.g.a., Joe Farrell, p.g.a., Lia Buman, p.g.a., Max Silva, p.g.a., Al Yankovic, p.g.a.
Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
Producers: Tom Barry, Adam Hawkins, Eve Kay, Stanley Tucci, Francesco Ficarra, Shauna Minoprio, Robin O’Sullivan, Fiona Cleary
Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Standup & Talk Television
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Producers: John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton, Jon Thoday, James Taylor, Jeremy Tchaban, Catherine Owens, Whit Conway, Kaye Foley, Laura L. Griffin, Christopher McDaniel, Kate Mullaney, Matt Passet, Megan Peck Shub, Wynn Van Dusen, Marian Wang, Charles Wilson
Award for Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television
Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls
Producers: Lizzo, Makiah Green, Kevin Beisler, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam, Myiea Coy, Kimberly Goodman, Glenda N. Cox, Alana Balden
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Picture
Producers: Odessa Rae, p.g.a., Diane Becker, p.g.a. & Melanie Miller, p.g.a., Shane Boris, p.g.a.
**The categories below were previously announced at the PGA Awards East Coast Nominees Celebration on February 21st, and the PGA Awards West Coast Nominees Celebration on February 23rd.
The Award for Outstanding Sports Program
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off
The Award for Outstanding Children's Program
Sesame Street (Season 52)
2023 PGA Innovation Award
Stay Alive, My Son
The Award for Outstanding Short-Form Program
Only Murders in the Building: One Killer Question (Season 2)