Two more talent guilds dished out their annual awards over the weekend, adding fuel to speculation about which films will take home Academy Awards later this month. Last night (Sunday), the Producers Guild Of America (PGA) shook things up by naming Moulin Rouge its best picture of 2001 beating favourites The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring and A Beautiful Mind.
Director Baz Luhrmann, Fred Baron and Martin Brown won the PGA prize. In the last 12 years, nine PGA winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Academy Award including Gladiator in 2000 and American Beauty in 1999.
Meanwhile on Saturday night, the script for Gosford Park by Julian Fellowes and the script for A Beautiful Mind by Akiva Goldsman were the top winners at the Writers Guild Of America (WGA) Awards.
Fellowes was named winner in the best original screenplay category beating Moulin Rouge, The Man Who Wasn't There, Monster's Ball and The Royal Tenenbaums. Goldsman was named in the best adapted screenplay category for his work adapting Sylvia Nasar's biography of the mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. Goldsman beat out Black Hawk Down, Bridget Jones's Diary, Ghost World and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring.