LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- The Producers Guild of America has presented its top film award to "Moulin Rouge," giving director Baz Luhrmann's fanciful tale of dancehall Paris at the dawn of the 20th century a leg up in the race for Oscar gold.
At the 13th Annual PGA Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night, the producers honored "Moulin Rouge" with its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.
In nine of the previous 12 years -- including the last three years -- the winner has gone on to take the Oscar for best picture. That list includes "American Beauty," "Dances With Wolves," "Driving Miss Daisy," "The English Patient," "Forrest Gump," "Gladiator," "Schindler's List," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Titanic."
The exceptions occurred in 1992, when the PGA named "The Crying Game" best picture, but the Academy went with "Unforgiven"; 1995, when the PGA honored "Apollo 13," but the Academy chose "Braveheart"; and 1998, when the PGA made "Saving Private Ryan" its best picture, while the Academy gave the prize to "Shakespeare in Love."
The Norman Felton Award for best TV drama went to NBC White House drama, "The West Wing."
The Danny Thomas Award for outstanding TV comedy series went to the HBO's bawdy comedy, "Sex and the City."
Both won Emmys last year for outstanding drama and comedy series.
The David L. Wolper award for best movie, miniseries or other long-form TV was presented to the HBO miniseries, "Band of Brothers."