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The Shape of Water wins top Producers Guild Award

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This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Sally Hawkins, left, and Doug Jones in a scene from the film u201cThe Shape of Water.u201d u201cStar Wars: The Last Jedi,u201d u201cGet Out,u201d u2033Lady Bird,u201d u2033The Shape of Wateru201d and u201cThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouriu201d are among the nominees for AARP The Magazineu2019s 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards. The Feb. 5 ceremony will be held in Los Angeles. It will air on PBSu2019 u201cGreat Performancesu201d on Feb. 23. (Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)n

‘The Shape of Water’ wins top Producers Guild Award

BEVERLY HILLS: Women and inclusivity continued to dominate the awards season conversation Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards, where Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” won the top award and honorees like Jordan Peele and Ava DuVernay gave rousing speeches to the room of entertainment industry leaders.

The untelevised dinner and ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, is closely watched for its capacity to predict the eventual Oscar best picture winner, but this year the “awards race” seemed to be the secondary show to the more urgent questions facing the industry, including the crisis of representation and sexual misconduct.

The Producers Guild on Friday ratified guidelines for combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, and everyone from DuVernay to Universal Chair Donna Langley and television mogul Ryan Murphy made mention of the changing times and the work that still needs to be done.

“If we want more brilliant films like ‘Get Out’ ...we need to have many different perspectives including equal numbers of women, people of color, people of all faiths and sexual orientation involved in every stage of filmmaking,” Langley said in accepting the Milestone Award — noting that she was only the third woman to do so.

It was not the only time “Get Out” got a special mention, despite not winning the top award. Peele also won the Stanley Kramer Award.

Del Toro was not present to accept the PGA’s Darryl F Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, due to the health of his father.

His film was up against 10 others this year, including “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which won big at the Golden Globes earlier this month, “Lady Bird,” ″Get Out,” ″Dunkirk,” ″The Post,” ″Call Me By Your Name,” ″The Big Sick,” ″I, Tonya” ″Wonder Woman” and “Molly’s Game” — many of which were represented by actors and directors in attendance like Timothee Chalamet, Christopher Nolan, Margot Robbie, Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig.

Other presenters included the likes of Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Mary J. Blige, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kerry Washington and Morgan Freeman in the ceremony that saw Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” pick up best animated feature and Brett Morgen’s Jane Goodall film “Jane” win best documentary.

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