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In an historic moment, “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” TIED for Best Picture at the PGA moments ago! It’s being held in LA and is not televised, but thanks to the ever-wonderful Sasha Stone, at http://www.Awardsdaily.com we all got the news like a bolt of lightning, striking down from the skies!

NEVER BEFORE have films directed by a Hispanic and a Black man, Alphonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen ever had films that won Best Picture at the PGA, the Producer’s Guild, considered the most important of Oscar bellwethers. Or is it this year, we’ve got TWO WINNERS?!?!?

This effectively knocks “American Hustle” out of the picture race and into a cocked hat, which is where it should be. Kicked to the curb with the rest of the garbage.

But I can say that “Gravity” is an astounding technical achievement. Best use of 3-D EVAH! But “12 Years a Slave” is a masterpiece of classic story telling. And the next big awards avalanche comes at BAFTA, where “12 Years a Slave” will sweep, the leading talents being all Brits director Steve McQueen, and leading actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as Irishman Michael Fassbender in Supporting and Kenyan beauty Lupita Nyong’o, who has been winning right along this past weekend.

This is incredible news for Fox Searchlight and  “12 Years a Slave”. Even if it ties on Oscar night, it still wins!



Comments on: "“12 Years a Slave” & “Gravity” historic TIE at PGA!!!" (2)

  1. This is going to be an interesting Oscar race and history will be made. With no Leto and McConaughey who have been winning everything at BAFTA, it’s sure to be crazy until the last second. Thanks for covering it all Stephen. Look forward to hearing more of your thoughts as we get closer.

  2. Dear Joshua,
    Thank you for your reply and YES, isn’t this interesting? I can’t believe that with that tricky, preferential weighted ballot that a TIE could’ve resulted! I’ve been thinking about this all day, about how RARE it is! Two Oscar winners would be great! But for “AH” not to figure in here is v. bad for it. But this is GRRRREAT for “12 Years a Slave”, my fave, as you know!

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