Here Are The PGA Winners and Guess What? It’s a Tie!

12 Years A Slave

Whenever there’s a tight and potentially unpredictable Oscar race like there is this year, we look to the guild awards for guidance.  Last night, the Producer’s Guild decided not to provide that guidance.  For the first time in the organization’s history, there was a tie for Best Picture as both 12 Years A Slave and Gravity took the top honor.  Even further complicating matters is that the Screen Actors Guild gave their award for best film (or “ensemble”) to this year’s other main contender — American Hustle.  

American Hustle

It seems obvious that one of those three films will be named Best Picture of the year in March but right now, your guess is as good as mine regarding which one will actually take the top prize.

Here are the PGA winners:


“American Hustle”
“Blue Jasmine”
“Captain Phillips,”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
X — “Gravity
“Saving Mr. Banks”
X — “12 Years a Slave
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
X –“Frozen
“Monsters University”

“A Place at the Table”
“Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story”
“Life According to Sam”
X — “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”
“Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington”


X — “Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”

“Arrested Development”
“The Big Bang Theory”
X — “Modern Family”
“30 Rock”

“American Horror Story: Asylum”
X — “Behind the Candelabra
“Killing Kennedy”
“Phil Spector”
“Top of the Lake”

X — “The Colbert Report”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“Top Chef”
X — “The Voice”

“30 for 30”
X — “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
“Duck Dynasty”
“Inside the Actors Studio”
“Shark Tank”

“Dora the Explorer”
“Phineas and Ferb”
X — “Sesame Street”
“Spongebob Squarepants”

“Hard Knocks”
“Monday Night Football”
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”
X — “SportsCenter”

“Burning Love” (web series)
“Epic Rap Battles of History”
“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”
“Video Game High School”
X — “Wired: What’s Inside”


8 responses to “Here Are The PGA Winners and Guess What? It’s a Tie!

  1. You know I don’t keep up with the Joneses on what’s what on television, but I do have something to say about the above list.

    (Because I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t have something to say)

    Firstly, even though I haven’t really watched “Sesame Street” in years, I do recall sneaking a peak at it a few years ago. It was pretty much unrecognisable from the show I once knew, and seemed to have the flavour of bubblegum.

    (And before anyone looks at me funny, yes, there was in fact a time and a place when “Sesame Street” was more than just one big commercial to sell “Tickle-Me-Elmo”–in fact, believe it or not, there was a time when Elmo was a MINOR character on the show, and only people who watched the show avidly knew of his existence).

    I see that “Saturday Night Live” is still considered to be a great show. Also, there are actually people out there who find Jimmy Fallon funny. Seeing his name on this list made me laugh. That’s the only time I can recall anything Fallon-related making me laugh. The guy is about as funny as Morgan “Give Evelyn Her Surname Back” Spurlock and has all the personality of Brillo.

    (Actually, I lie–Brillo has more personality than Jimmy Fallon).

    I’m confused about “Behind the Candelabra”. This is the second time today I’ve read that this was a TV movie. However, I know for a fact it got theatrical release here in Australia–so I would have to assume it got widespread theatrical release elsewhere, including North America. Am I missing something here?

    Can somebody tell me what’s so funny about “Big Bang Theory”? Oh, wait, wait, wait, I know…BAZINGA! Bwahahahahahaa, that’s so friggin’ funny, right? They’re meant to be really smart, but they always end up making asses of themselves…BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAH! The guy who writes this show must surely walk on water! And who can forget…BAZINGA! Bwahahahahaa, man, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself! Maybe I’ll start putting that on t-shirts…oh, no, wait, NOBODY would buy t-shirts with “BAZINGA” on them…right?

    Finally, it’s good to see that “Monday Night Football” got the nod at the expense of “Sunday Night Football”. I know you might be wondering what the difference is, Lisa Marie, apart from the fact they’re on different nights of the week. Basically, it’s the difference between Jon Gruden doing colour commentary on Monday night and Turkey Features on Sunday night.

    Seriously, “Collinsworthless” sucks. And Al Michaels stopped calling games and became a cliché-machine years ago.


    • Behind the Candelabra was originally made for and broadcast on HBO. It did get a limited theatrical release in a few cities but, since it was originally broadcast on television, it’s not eligible for Oscar consideration.

      However, outside of the U.S., it was given a theatrical release and even competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. (Not to mention that Michael Douglas was nominated for Best Actor at the BAFTAS.)

      Here’s what’s odd — when it comes to the BAFTAs, it doesn’t matter that the movie was originally broadcast on American television. All that matters is that it played in British theaters during the eligibility period.

      However, when the Red Riding Trilogy was released in theaters in the U.S, the Academy declared it was ineligible for Oscar consideration because it originally aired on the BBC. So, basically, as far as the Academy is concerned, no movie originally broadcast on television can ever receive an Oscar nomination — even if it was broadcast in a different country!

      As for Jimmy Fallon — he’s way too amused with himself. 🙂


      • I think many people like Fallon because he’s safe as a host and blah blah blah. He’s the anti-Conan. I don’t mind him. I actually like the fact that he spends time bringing in guests from the gaming industry and also shows upcoming games at late night. For that alone he gets a thumbs up from me.


        • Good heavens! Video game types on a late night talk show? And Jimmy Fallon to boot. I think the last thing the world needs is more promotional time for video games. As much as any craze out there, I believe that video game fanatics are tuned into what’s what already without any extra help. Then again, I couldn’t expect Jimmy Fallon to hold an intelligent discussion such as the one below…


    • Color commentary and announcers aside the Sunday Night Football tend to be lightyears better than MNF due to the flex schedule the NFL gives Sunday night games. This pretty much means that the league can promote match-ups on Sunday afternoon to Sunday night if the match-up means two top-flight teams playing. MNF pretty much many hardcore football fans can’t really stand due to Gruden. Collinsworth may be equally bad, but he tends to not call every player he mentions as the best he’s ever seen. Gruden has never seen and spoken about a player he doesn’t think is the best.

      If I had a choice I would put Thursday Night Game’s Mike Mayock to replace Collinsworth. As for Al Michaels he still calls a good game no matter who sits next to him whether it’s Madden or Collinsworth.


      • I absolutely cannot stand Mike Mayschlock. The man is an absolute idiot.

        I recall once they had a game in Philadelphia, and as they came back from commercial, they showed the Philadelphia Art Museum. Not surprisingly, quite a few folks were running the steps, emulating Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky”–ALWAYS a beautiful sight.

        So leave it to Mike Mayschlock to brand the people “idiots” for “imitating something that happened in a make believe movie more than 30 years ago”.

        I’d like to know what Mayschlock thinks of the 70,000 or so fans inside the stadium, many of them morbidly obese, loading up on booze and cheesesteaks, wearing crazy costumes, cheering for a game that ultimately means nothing more than the “make believe movie” of which Mayschlock is so dismissive.

        Given the choice between admiring somebody for exercising at nine o’clock in the evening, even if they do draw inspiration from a “make believe movie”, and an arrogant jerk who earns way too much money for explaining the blatantly obvious, I know which one I prefer. Fact is Mayschlock’s own NFL playing career was more than 30 years ago, and he was never anything above average (and that’s being polite). Mayschlock was a tenth round draft choice–these days, he wouldn’t even be drafted. But to listen to him talk about himself in the commentary booth, you’d think the man had a career in the defensive backfield equal to that of Darrell Green. Oh, he tried alright, which I thought was what those people running the steps were doing. The guy is a pompous jerk.

        Jon Gruden may be given to hyperbole–he’s an excitable kid, basically–but I respect the guy because when the replacement refs were doing their best in a difficult situation, Gruden was one of the few who stuck up for them (or at least didn’t give them the third degree or resort to snarky passive aggressive comments). As one who officiates American football, even at a level not as difficult as the NFL or even Division III college ball, I can tell you right now, it’s more difficult than it seems–if even one fraction of the blowhards in the stands donned the stripes themselves, we’d have plenty of superb refs for every league, I’m sure. Also, if you look at the regular refs, they’ve made some inexplicable calls of their own in recent years (phantom “blow to the head of the QB” called against the Giants in the Giants vs. Packers 2011/12 playoffs springs to mind).

        On a more positive note, I’m going to miss Dan Dierdorf–the best that was going around.


        • Of all the names you mentioned Mayock is the only one who is actually unbiased when it comes to the color commentary during games. When actually learns about the game and how players are suppose to be play the game beyond the basic things people learn on their own. Like I said, when it comes to fans who want more than backslapping and funny commentary it’s Mayock they go to since they actually learns something about payers (both good and bad) when it comes to their skill set and why they’re actually good player or bad players.

          It’s not a wonder that the NFL Network uses him as their premiere draft commentator and one who actually grades potential players coming into the league. As for his draft status when he was drafted and his playing time that’s irrelevant when it comes to what he does. Example, Mike Singletary, a Hall of Fame linebacker considered by many to be the best there ever was ended up being one of the worst head coaches in the league when he was the HC of the 49ers for 2+ years. Harbaugh’s career was adequate at best, yet he’s turning out to be one of the best of the new coaches.

          Bil Belichik and Bill Walsh never even got to be professional football players yet they’re considered the best coaches who ever paced the sidelines.

          Being a player and being drafted high doesn’t guarantee that they’ll be good talent evaluators or color commentary personalities (Troy Aikman being one of the worst), knowledge of the game down to the details is what makes that happens and sometimes it’s the average players who tend to have those since they worked harder to try and learn the game to try and stay in the game.


          • Oh, I agree about great players not necessarily being great coaches and vice versa. For example, Bart Starr: great player, not much of a head coach. But my point was Mayschlock just comes across like a real jerk saying that about the folks running the steps, when he’s surrounded by 70,000 fans sitting on their butts watching a football game. I guess you had to hear it, he sounded like The World’s Biggest Arsehole when he said it–and again, this coming from a guy who was drafted in the 10th round, was never much of an NFL player, and is probably still a bitter bastard about it. I must be honest, Mayschlock’s never really enlightened me, and he has a bit of a drone-like, lispy voice. Troy Aikman’s the same, minus the lisp. In fact, few announcers tell me much of value. Sometimes, I watch games on mute. It’s getting that bad.

            Also, I really hate those intros to the football shows, the ones with the chicks wailing those awful songs. Am I watching “American Idol” or a friggin’ football game? Honestly, somebody needs to bring back the pinball machine. I miss the pinball machine, I miss the classy music, I miss Steve Largent, I miss the Seahawks in decent uniforms.

            (Bears vs. 49ers–I remember this match-up!)


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