Just when the pundits thought the awards season was as good as wrapped up, the Producers Guild threw them a major curveball this weekend.
Everyone expected the Hollywood Foreign Press to favor “The King’s Speech” over “The Social Network” – the two front runners in the awards race. When the latter took out the Golden Globe for Best Drama last weekend, it seemed certain that the chance of David Fincher’s Facebook drama scoring the Best Picture Oscar was an absolute sure bet.
Now the Producers Guild of America has given its top award to “The King’s Speech” and both films are essentially neck-and-neck. The difference is the PGA has a better track record at predicting Best Picture winners at the Oscars.
Two-thirds of Producers Guild winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar including the three most recent winners “The Hurt Locker,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “No Country for Old Men”.