La La Land wins big at Producers Guild awards
Season favourite La La Land won the Producers Guild of America's (PGA) Darryl F Zanuck Award for best feature film of 2016. Producers Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt took home the top honour, reported Variety.
Dustin Hoffman presented the award at the conclusion of the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The musical comedy-drama defeated Arrival, Deadpool, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight. The movie starring Emma Stone as an aspiring actress and Ryan Gosling as a struggling musician, is set in modern-day Los Angeles.
"Damien Chazelle has made a story about the sacrifices artists make. We celebrate all the fools who struggle but passionately try to achieve our artistic dreams," Platt said in the acceptance speech.
The PGA has matched the Oscar for best picture in 19 of its 27 years, though it diverged last year when the Zanuck award went to The Big Short and the Oscar went to Spotlight. Netflix's first season of sci-fi horror series 'Stranger Things' took the Norman Felton Award for TV drama series.
Oscar-nominated miniseries OJ: Made in America won the documentary award for Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow while 'The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story' won the David L. Wolper Award for outstanding producer of long-form television.
Disney's Oscar-nominated Zootopia won the animated movie trophy for producer Clark Spencer. NBC's 'The Voice' won the reality competition trophy.
The evening saw mulitple declarations opposing President Donald Trump's controversial executive order barring US entry to citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.