Oscar favourite Slumdog Millionaire has won the major prize at the Producers' Guild of America (PGA) awards.

Danny Boyle's film was named best film ahead of rivals Milk, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon and The Dark Knight.

Having won four Golden Globes, Slumdog Millionaire's triumph at the PGA awards strengthens its hand ahead of next month's Academy awards.

In the first 19 years of the ceremony, 12 of the PGA's best film picks went on to claim the best picture award at the Oscars, including last year's winner No Country For Old Men.

Pixar movie WALL-E - a nominee for the best original screenplay Oscar, among others - won the best animated film prize at the PGA awards while Man On Wire was named best documentary.

Acclaimed historical series John Adams won the long-form TV prize while Mad Men claimed the best drama award.

And 30 Rock and The Colbert Report repeated their success in the best comedy and best live entertainment categories.

Meanwhile, 1980s drama Push took the grand jury and audience awards at the Sundance film festival.

25/01/2009 12:42:23