The Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men” continues to stake its kudos territory.
The nihilistic drama -- produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen-- captured top honors at Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton, besting “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Juno,” “Michael Clayton” and “There Will Be Blood.”
By nabbing the Darryl F. Zanuck trophy for best film, “No Country” seemingly affirmed its status as Oscar frontrunner as it moves into the final stretch of the awards season, even if the PGA nods have deviated from the Oscars more frequently of late. The Josh Brolin-Tommy Lee Jones starrer also garnered the top prizes from the DGA and SAG.
“The only reason I am standing here is because of these two men,” Rudin said during the trio’s acceptance speech. “They are completely remarkable artists.”
The film marks the first collaboration between the longtime producer and the filmmaker brothers.
Although the win bodes well for Miramax-Paramount Vantage’s “No Country,” the PGA awards have been anything but an Oscar bellwether in recent years.
The 4,000-member guild tapped “Little Miss Sunshine” for film kudos last year, while the Oscar went to “The Departed.” In 2006, the PGA recognized “Brokeback Mountain,” yet the Academy went with “Crash.” The two groups also differed in 2005, with the guild honoring “The Aviator” but the Oscar going to “Million Dollar Baby.” Still, the PGA’s pick has coincided with the Academy’s choice 11 times in 18 years.