The Artist made another major step toward locking in the Oscar for Best Picture by taking home the top prize at the 23rd Producer Guild Award which recognized Thomas Langmann as the Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Pictures for the year. At this point, the black-and-white silent film is virtually a lock to take home the Academy Awards’ top prize next month.
The winner of the PGA’s top award has gone on to claim the Best Picture Oscars nearly three times out of four since 1990, most recently doing so the last three year with The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker and Slumdog Millionaire. Contending for the prize were Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, The Help, The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, and War Horse.
So what’s next? On Tuesday, Oscar nominations will be announced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences while the DGA Awards will be presented on Saturday. If the DGA endorses The Artist as well, consider this Oscar race over. Winners have gone on to win the best picture Oscar on 50 out of 63 occasions.
On a footnote, The Adventures of Tintin surprisingly bested favorite Rango for the top prize in the animated category.
What do you think? Is “The Artist” a lock to win Best Picture at this point?