The 33rd Producers Guild of America Awards was held on March 19th 2022 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony, which was initially scheduled to be held in February, was postponed because of the surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant and is conducted to honor the best film and television producers of 2021.
Here are the winners of the Producers Guild of America Awards 2022:
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures- CODA
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures- Summer of Soul
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures- Encanto
Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television- Drama- Succession (Season 3)
David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television- Mare of Easttown
Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television- Comedy- Ted Lasso (Season 2)
Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Stand-up and Talk Television- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 8)
Award for Outstanding Producer of Game and Competition Television- RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 13)
Award for Outstanding Producer of Nonfiction Television- The Beatles: Get Back (Season 1)
Award for Outstanding Producer of Televised of streamed Motion Pictures-Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free- The Making of Wildflowers
Visionary Award- Issa Rae
Stanley Kramer Award- Rita Moreno
David O. Selznick Achievement Award- Mary Parent
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television- Greg Berlanti
Rita Moreno who received Stanley Kramer Award during the ceremony for her achievement and contribution towards raising public awareness on important social issues was presented with the award by actress Jessica Chastain. Jessica who said while introducing her that she may or may not have been obsessed with her and her accomplishments.
While accepting the award Rita Moreno mentioned that she remembers the time she heard Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream' speech in 1963. She added that she is 90-years-old now and working in the industry has taken tenacity, a lot of hard work, and advocating for issues of social justice for the last 60 years. She described the feeling as exhausting, exhilarating, and life-giving and added that if it wasn't for the sets she had been a part of and the fire inside her to do better, she wouldn't have been receiving the award.
Rita Moreno added that Stanley Kramer was one of the prophets who never shied from advocating social justice and equity through his art. She lastly added that we are in throes of yet another award season and some of the people (actors) tend to use the spotlight to advocate for various issues addressed in their nominated works and some people are known to create a mild discomfort for the audience with their views and opinions. For others, heart palpitations. Rita Moreno concluded that freedom of speech belongs to everyone and went ahead to praise Ukrianie president Mr. Zelensky for his courage.
Kathleen Kennedy who received the honor of Milestone award said in her speech that she, Steven, and George had met at the dawning of a new age of motion picture history and worked side by side through the revolutions that took place in the industry. She clarified that revolutions in terms of movie-making, audience, and the composition of their business. She also added that there is no one she would love to share this award with more than George Lucas.
George Lucas while accepted the award said that for him the first and foremost job of a producer is to do the impossible every single day. He added that every single day a challenge comes up and as a producer, you have to cross it and complete the movie in conjunction with the director of the course.
Issa Rae who was honored with Visionary Award said that she constantly reminds herself why she does what she does and she knows that she is going to continue making mistakes and learn from them. She is grateful that she is receiving the Visionary Award and hopes that she could do better in the coming time.
CODA’s producer Philippe Rousselete who received the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures said that it feels incredible to receive the award from his peers. He added that a good movie starts from a good story and in a world where we can witness a lack of humanity every day, the award for a movie like CODA gives him a sign that there is still some hope left.
CODA's producer Fabrice Gianfermi also added that the movie is really special for everyone who has been a part of it and making it had been an amazing ride. Fabrice added that there was so much love and heart put into making the movie and now when it's finally being recognized, it just feels amazing.
Congratulations to the winners!