That’s a First: ‘Gravity’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ Tie at Producers Guild Awards

By January 20, 2014


I don’t normally like to cover all of the hoopla of awards season because I’d much rather be writing about the films themselves instead of which group thought they were worthy of a trophy. But today’s a different story, because history was made last night when Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave tied for the award for Best Picture at the Producers Guild Awards.

This was not only the first time in PGA history that two films tied for the top prize, but The Wrap points out that it’s also the first time that any major Hollywood guild has ever declared a tie in its best film category.

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Why is this a big deal? Well, for the past six years, the film that won the PGA award for best film went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture. So unless Gravity and 12 Years a Slave happen to tie at the Academy Awards (which is extremely unlikely), the PGAs didn’t shed any light on who might take home the biggest award in the industry. Couple that with the fact that American Hustle – the other big contender in this year’s Oscar race – beat out its competition at the SAG Awards on Saturday night, and the result is a whole lot of confusion about which film might win big at the Oscars. (Though Hustle’s chances suddenly don’t look as great.)

It seems like the odds-makers are going to have a tougher time than normal when it comes to predicting Oscar winners this year, and ultimately I think that’s a good thing for everyone. While I personally don’t put too much stock in awards being given to pieces of art, I understand there are a lot of people who care deeply about that kind of thing. At the very least, this should make everyone’s Oscar parties a little more interesting, and hopefully a race this close will turn some of the attention back to the films themselves instead of the gauntlet of publicity they have to endure for awards season.

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Ben is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. His work has been featured at,,,, and many more sites across the web. Some of his favorite movies include The Rocketeer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Tombstone, Lucky Number Slevin, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Collateral, Double Indemnity, Back to the Future and The Prestige. Follow him on Twitter: @BenPears.
  • Mackenzie Wardill

    I bet no one saw a tie happening for the best picture at the Producers Guild Awards.