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Green Book surprises with Producers Guild Awards win

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen at the premiere of Green Book in New York in November. Photo: AFP/Getty
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In a surprise win, Hollywood producers have named Green Book the best film of 2018, boosting its profile just days before nominations are announced for the annual Academy Awards.

The film, which stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as an African-American pianist and his white driver in the early 1960s Deep South, is now a major contender for next month’s Oscars.

In many past years, PGA best film winners have gone on to win the best picture Oscar, Hollywood’s top prize.

Earlier this month, Green Book won the Golden Globe as best musical or comedy.

The Producers Guild of America also named Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse its best animated film, favourite documentary was won by Won’t You Be My Neighbour?, and The Americans was honoured as the top television drama in its final season.

Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won the award for limited series.

Among other honours for television productions, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won the comedy series award and Fahrenheit 451 prevailed as best television movie.

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, starring the late celebrity chef who killed himself last year, won for non-fiction television, while RuPaul’s Drag Race took home the prize for reality competition series.

Sesame Street, which debuted nearly 50 years ago, won for children’s program.

The live entertainment/talk award went to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, while Being Serena took best sports program.

-AAP

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