Coming down the stretch towards the Oscars on March 5, Brokeback Mountain increased its lead Sunday night by winning top honors from the Producers Guild of America. ("No film is even second," remarked Time magazine film critic Richard Corliss in the current edition.) Diana Ossana and James Schamus received the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award. The PGA also handed out its first animated feature award to Claire Jennings and Nick Park for their Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, released by DreamWorks. After winning most of the top awards from critics' groups, Brokeback now begins to compete for the guild awards, usually the most accurate predictors of Oscar winners, since many of the guild members are also members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that hands out the Oscars.
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.