“La La Land” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for top feature film of 2016 for Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt.
The musical comedy-drama defeated “Arrival,” “Deadpool,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Moonlight.” Dustin Hoffman presented the award at the conclusion of the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“La La Land” stars Emma Stone as an aspiring actress and Ryan Gosling as a strugging musician, set in modern-day Los Angeles. The Lionsgate movie, which has grossed more than $200 million worldwide, won seven Golden Globes on Jan. 8 and received a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations on Jan. 24.
“Damien Chazelle has made a story about the sacrifices artists make,” Platt said in his acceptance speech. “We celebrate all the fools who struggle but passionately try to achieve our artistic dreams.”
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.” The two awards matched in the previous eight years with “Birdman,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “No Country for Old Men.”
The evening was punctuated by mulitple declarations opposing President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order barring U.S. entry to citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
“All of us are refugees; none of us are excluded,” said Irwin Winkler at the conclusion of his acceptance speech for the David O. Selznick Award for life achievement.
PGA co-presidents Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi also attacked Trump’s policy in opening remarks with Lucchesi saying, “Freedom of religion was one of the founding principles of our democracy.” McCreary added, “Now, more than ever, we need to remember the words on the Statue of Liberty: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break free.”
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