The 09-010 Best Picture race has become even more interesting. With Up in the Air surprisingly fading as a BP front runner, we're now faced with three likely candidates, each of them wildly different from each other: James Cameron's sci-fi spectacle Avatar (Golden Globe - Best Drama), Tarantino's WWII spaghetti western Inglourious Basterds (SAG Award - Best Ensemble Cast), and Kathryn Bigelow's gritty bomb-squad thriller.
LOS ANGELES - "The Hurt Locker" scored the top film award from the Producers Guild of America, building new momentum for the Iraq war drama in the expanded Oscar race for best picture.
The film about a risk-taking bomb disposal technician beat out such celebrated nominees as "Avatar," "Inglourious Basterds" and "Up in the Air" Sunday night.
"The Hurt Locker" also bested the films "Star Trek," "District 9," "An Education," "Invictus," "Up" and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire" at the Producer Guild Awards in Hollywood.
The awards were the latest kudofest in the run-up to the Academy Awards in March.
The Full List of Winners:
2010 PGA AWARD WINNERS
The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
"The Hurt Locker"
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Paula DuPre Pesmen
The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television -- Comedy
The Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television -- Drama
Andre & Maria Jacquemetton
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Live Entertainment and Competition Television
"The Colbert Report"
Stephen T. Colbert, DFA
The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television
Lucy Barzun Donnelly
Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertaiment
Amy Pascal, co-chairman, SPE
Norman Lear Achievement in Television
David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures
John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios
The Stanley Kramer Award
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"