"The Hurt Locker," starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, also bested the films "Star Trek," "District 9," "An Education," "Invictus," "Up" and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire" at Sunday's Producers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, the latest kudofest in the run-up to the Academy Awards in March.
Assuming "The Hurt Locker" earns an Oscar best-picture nomination Feb. 2, it will have just as much competition as it did at the PGAs, which followed Oscar organizers lead and doubled the best-picture category to 10 nominees, aiming to bring a broader range of movies into the fold, which means a blockbuster could take the top category.
In other PGA film categories, "Up" won for animated feature and "The Cove" was lauded for documentary. The Harlem drama "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire" was honored with the Stanley Kramer Award, a prize named after the late director that recognizes work which explores and addresses provocative social issues.
Four television shows were repeat winners from last year: AMC's "Madmen" for drama TV; NBC's "30 Rock" for comedy TV; Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" for live entertainment and competition TV; and CBS' "60 Minutes" for nonfiction TV. The HBO TV film "Grey Gardens" snagged the prize in the long-form TV category.
Career achievement awards were bestowed on Sony Pictures chairman Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal; Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter; and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dollhouse" mastermind Joss Whedon.