Ben Affleck Scoops Top Prize at Producers Guild of America Awards
Ben Affleck scored the top honour at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Saturday night (26 January).
The 40-year-old actor and director of Argo and his co-producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov won Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture for the movie at the star-studded ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Ben, who missed out on an Oscar nomination but won two Golden Globes earlier this month, took a moment to remind his peers during his acceptance speech that he hasn't given up his career in front of the camera despite his success with Argo, which is based on the true story about a CIA operative who helped to rescue six American embassy employees during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
He said: "I am surprised and I am not even in the PGA. I would be remiss to say that I am still acting."
Grant used the opportunity to make fun of Ben and George, who was not present, for previously winning awards for their good looks, saying: "The hardest thing about this movie is working with two producers who are the Sexiest Men Alive. That puts pressure on me."
Other big winners included Disney's Wreck-It Ralph and Modern Family, which won the prize for best comedy series for the third year in a row at the ceremony, where guests included Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Jessica Alba, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Nicole Kidman.
Showtime's Homeland won the producer's award for television drama series, which beat out Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and Mad Men.
The PGA Awards are considered one of the leading indicators for what movie will win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, which are taking place on February 24.
JJ Abrams, who was announced as the director of the new Star Wars film earlier this week, received a lifetime achievement award, presented by Jennifer Garner.
Full List of 2013 Producers Guild Of America Award Winners:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Argo Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
Wreck-it Ralph Producer: Clark Spencer
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Searching For Sugar Man Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama
Homeland Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm
The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television
Game Change Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Jay Roach, Amy Sayres, Steven Shareshian, Danny Strong
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy
Modern Family Producers: Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Dan O'Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
American Masters Producers: Prudence Glass, Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
The Amazing Race Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television
The Colbert Report Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart
The Award for Outstanding Sports Program
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
The Award for Outstanding Children's Program
The Award for Outstanding Digital Series
30 Rock: The Webisodes