In a surprise, the producers of "Birdman" won the top prize Saturday night at the 26th Producers Guild of America Awards -- and in doing so, made the upcoming Oscars race much more interesting.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who also wrote and directed the film, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole received the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures during the ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" has been sweeping critics awards and won the
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Also nominated for the guild award were "American Sniper," "Foxcatcher," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Nightcrawler," "The Theory of Everything" and "Whiplash."
Two of the PGA nominees -- "Nightcrawler" and "Gone Girl" -- failed to earn a best-film Oscar nomination. Best-picture Oscar nominee "Selma" was shut out of the guild's nominations
Also winning awards Saturday evening were "The Lego Movie" in the animated motion picture category, and "Life Itself," a chronicle of the late film critic
On the television side, the comedy series award went to producers of "Orange Is the New Black," and the drama award went to
Live entertainment and talk television awards went to "The Tonight Show Starring
"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" won for sports program, "Sesame Street" for children's program and "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" for digital series.
HBO's AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" was this year's recipient of the Stanley Kramer Award, which honors raising awareness of important social issues.
Lionsgate Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer received the milestone award, and "The Walking Dead" producer Gale Ann Hurd was given the