Proving once again that a skate-boarding dog beats a grief-stricken George Clooney and a stupid horse any day of the week, The Artist picked up the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday. Which, given its current hot streak on the awards circuit, means the rest of Hollywood better start sucking it up and prepare for the Frenchies to take Kodak on February 26.
The Artist producer Thomas Langmann beat out the producers behind Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, and War Horse for the award. Meanwhile, the animated category went to The Adventures of Tintin and Beats, Rhyme and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest took the documentary prize. On the TV side, Downton Abbey won the long-form television award. (The dowager countess may or may not have bullied the Guild over tea the day prior.) Modern Family won in comedy and Boardwalk Empire in drama.
The PGA and Best Picture winners have matched for the last four years, so it seems like The Artist has this one in the bag. With that settled, let's start betting on some more variable Oscar outcomes. Will Brad and George's bromance be challenged by their Best Actor smackdown? Which presenter will botch the names of Artist nominees? Who's going to provide the best sore loser GIF the next day? Finally, will Billy Crystal discover James Franco's bong from last year's ceremony backstage and come out doing a stoned Fernando Lamas? Fingers crossed.