If the fourteen Oscar nominations last Tuesday didn’t convince you La La Land was going to win the Oscar, then maybe the guild awards from over the weekend will. Two of the biggest guild awards were presented this weekend, the Producers Guild Awards and the ACE Eddie Awards, were handed out, and they confirmed what many people have guessed for quite some time: that La La Land is an unbeatable choice.
Let’s start with the Producers Guild. This has been considered one of the most important awards for the Oscar, due to its use of the preferential ballot and the major support of producers. This year, every Oscar nominee appeared in the PGA nominations, as well as Deadpool. As expected, La La Land crushed the competition, proving that it’s not just loved, it’s liked, too-which may be even more vital to winning the Oscar. Meanwhile, animation and documentary awards went to their expected winners, Zootopia and O.J.: Made In America. And television was shared amongst a series of great television programs from throughout 2016: Atlanta, Stranger Things, The People v. O.J. Simpson, Making a Murderer, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, VICE World of Sports, Sesame Street, and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The Voice also won for Best Producer of a Competition Series, but was not well-received by the audience, as Mark Burnett received a chilly response (the reasons for this are not hard to figure out, but don’t need to be shared here).
Meanwhile, the American Cinema Editors presented their two largest awards for the best-edited films of the year, one for drama and one for musical/comedy. The award for Best Musical or Comedy went, obviously to La La Land. Best Editing in a Drama, however, offered up a twist. Despite the heavy favorites Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea, the award went to the critical and commercial smash hit Arrival. This makes sense to anyone who has seen the film-the editing is actually the key to that film’s success. However, it had kind of fallen off the map over the past two months, so the love here is a welcome surprise. Zootopia also found success as the animated editing winner, as did O.J.: Made In America for documentary. And as for television, Game of Thrones and “The Battle of the Bastards” continued to dominate, joined by This Is Us (a welcome surprise), Veep, All the Way (a confusing surprise), Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and Everything is Copy each found success amongst the rest of the winners.
Both of these victories will be reflected in my upcoming Oscar predictions, but it doesn’t take an expert like me to conclude that La La Land has truly become an unstoppable force the likes of which I’ve never seen. You can see the full list of winners, for both awards, below.
Producers Guild Awards
Best Motion Picture: La La Land
Best Animated Picture: Zootopia
Best Documentary Picture: O.J.: Made In America
Best Episodic Television, Drama: Stranger Things
Best Episodic Television, Comedy: Atlanta
Best Long-Form Television: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Best Non-Fiction Television: Making a Murderer
Best Live Entertainment/Talk Televison: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Best Competition Television: The Voice
Best Sports Program: Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and VICE World of Sports (TIE)
Best Children’s Program: Sesame Street
Best Digital Series: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
ACE Eddie Awards
Best Edited Film-Drama: Arrival
Best Edited Film-Comedy: La La Land
Best Edited Animated Film: Zootopia
Best Edited One-Hour Series-Non-Commercial: Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards”
Best Edited One-Hour Series-Commercial: This Is Us, “Pilot”
Best Edited Half-Hour Series: Veep, “Morning After”
Best Edited Miniseries or TV Movie: All the Way
Best Edited Non-Scripted Series: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, “Senegal”
Best Edited Documentary: O.J.: Made In America
Best Edited TV Documentary: Everything is Copy