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The Artist Can't Be Beat at PGA Awards (Unlike Mad Men)

The Artist, Berenice Bejo, Jean Dujardin The Weinstein Company

Another win for The Artist. A rare loss for Mad Men.

The black-and-white silent took top film honors Saturday night from the Producers Guild of America.

The 1960s drama series, meanwhile, got beat for a TV prize by the 1920s drama series, Boardwalk Empire.

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The Artist came out on top over fellow Golden Globes winner The Descendants, as well as eight other films, including Bridesmaids and The Help.  

The PGA Awards' last four film winners have gone onto claim Best Picture at the Oscars.

Then again, the three PGA winners before that streak began didn't—didn't win Best Picture, that is.

In any case, The Artist is the presumed front-runner going into Tuesday's Oscar nominations announcements—and probably its presumed front-runner coming out of them, too.

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin, meanwhile, looks to be in the lead in the Academy's Animated Feature race after capturing the PGA Award. Spielberg also was presented with PGA's honorary David O. Selznick Achievement Award.

The PGA Awards are the first of Hollywood's all-important guild awards, with the Producers Guild, like its writing and directing counterparts, boasting (some) members who double as Academy members—and, hence, Oscar voters.

On the TV side, Boardwalk Empire's drama series victory marked its first PGA win—and, in turn, the much-honored Mad Men's first PGA loss.  

Elsewhere,  Modern Family bested Glee, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation to make it two in a row in the comedy-series category.

Here's a rundown of the winners from the 23rd Annual Producers Guild of America Awards:

  • Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: The Artist
  • Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: The Adventures of Tintin
  • Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
  • Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic TV, Comedy: Modern Family
  • Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic TV, Drama: Boardwalk Empire
  • David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Downton Abbey
  • Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk TV: The Colbert Report
  • Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: The Amazing Race
  • Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction TV: American Masters
  • News Programs: 60 Minutes
  • Sports Programs: 30 for 30
  • Children's Programs: Sesame Street
  • Web Series: 30 Rock Presents Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero

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