Monday, May 20, 2024

Shocker: “CODA” Wins Producers Guild Award, Sets Up Apple Studios for Best Picture Oscar


Big upset tonight at the Producers Guild of America Awards. “CODA” won Best Produced Feature.

“CODA” is now set up to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards next week.  Sian Heder’s emotional film about a teenage girl who discovers she has a beautiful singing voice– but her deaf family can’t hear her– has captured the minds and hearts of everyone in Hollywood.

Apple Studios could be the first streaming service to win the Oscar for Best Picture, besting Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog.”

It’s an amazing accomplishment. “CODA” has never really played in theaters and most people still don’t know it’s on Apple TV. The PGA win is a watershed, coming right in the middle of Oscar voting.

Apple’s investment paid off mightily. They paid a record $25 million at Sundance in January 2021 for the rights to “CODA.” The movie stars Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and soon to be Best Supporting Actor Troy Kotsur as well as Emilia Jones, who sings the heck out of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.”

A full list of PGA winners is coming. “Succession” won Best Drama, TV, “Ted Lasso” took best comedy, “Mare of Easttown” was best limited series, “Encanto” was best animated film, and “Summer of Soul” was best documentary. The Beatles’ “Get Back” won Best TV documentary series.

More notes from the night coming later Sunday morning.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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