Gravity and 12 Years a Slave share top PGA prize

Critically-acclaimed movies GRAVITY and 12 YEARS A SLAVE have tied to share the top prize at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards.

The two films are dominating this year's (14) awards season, and it was a dead heat at the PGA prizegiving in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night (19Jan14). The movies landed the ceremony's first ever tie as they were both awarded the night's top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was among the producers of 12 Years A Slave and he joked about the tie during his speech, telling the audience, "Why they let me lead (the speeches), I don't know. I got my vote in at the last minute. I voted for Gravity."

Other big winners at the ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, included hit TV show Breaking Bad, which landed the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama, and Michael Douglas' TV movie Behind the Candelabra (the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television).

Disney movie Frozen took the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV comedy Modern Family landed the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy.

Special awards went to the team behind the James Bond movie franchise, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV sitcom mogul Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, who took home the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri landed the Visionary Award and the Stanley Kramer Award, for films which highlight social issues, went to Fruitvale Station.

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