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'Sunshine' steals PGA movie award

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"Little Miss Sunshine" was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award for Theatrical Motion Pictures Saturday night as part of the 2007 Producers Guild of America Awards. Presented by Tom Cruise in a ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel, the award went to producers Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf and Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa.

"Cars" was awarded the Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. Presented by Morgan Freeman, the award went to Darla K. Anderson.

For a year that seemed all but locked up in late November, this year's awards season just becomes more and more intriguing. "Little Miss Sunshine," a low-budget independent film acquired by Fox Searchlight at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2006, now stands to face down such Hollywood heavyweights as "Dreamgirls" and "The Departed" in the coming Academy Awards race.

As well, "Sunshine," with its five credited producers, stands to become something of a problem child for the Academy, which has rules allowing only three producers to be included for the purposes of Best Picture. Last year, the credits over Best Picture winner "Crash" become a point of much contention.

"Elizabeth II" was awarded the David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long Form Television. Suzan Harrison, George Faber, Charles Pattinson and Barney Reisz were presented the award by Hugh Laurie and Calista Flockhart.

"Grey's Anatomy" won the Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Television Drama. Salma Hayek presented the award to producers Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, James Parriott, Peter Horton and Rob Corn.

"The Office" was the winner of the Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television Comedy. Producers Greg Daniels and Kent Zbornak were presented the award by Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo.

"Real Time With Bill Maher" won the Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award for Variety Television. Presented by Tyra Banks, the award went to Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths and Dean Johnsen.

"60 Minutes" won the Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television. Presented by Wentworth Miller and Sarah Paulson, the award went to Jeff Fager.

The PGA also honored Ron Meyer with the Milestone Award, Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, and Jerry Bruckheimer with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. The Stanley Kramer Award was presented to "An Inconvenient Truth," the Vanguard Award was presented to Will Wright, and producer Ken Ehrlich received the Visionary Award.

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