2020 PGA Awards: ‘Succession’ Takes Top TV Prize in Long March Toward Emmys

IndieWire | 1/19/2020 | Staff
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As the film industry’s long, excruciating march to the Academy Awards toils on, TV continues to surf painlessly in its wake.

On Saturday, Hollywood’s producers took center stage, with the Producers Guild of America Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium. While the ceremony celebrates both film and television, its reputation as a significant indicator in the Oscar Best Picture race often means that TV takes a backseat to its big screen brethren.

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All the same, the celebration featured seven TV categories, in addition to honoring several luminaries of the medium, among them Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and “Grace and Frankie” creator Marta Kauffman.

Many of the evening’s awards served as an echo of the Emmy awards, with the producing teams for HBO’s limited series “Chernobyl” and Amazon Prime’s comedy series “Fleabag” repeating their series accolades from September.

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But the big news of the evening came from the drama series category, where HBO’s “Succession” continued its string of winter wins, further bolstering its 2020 Emmy hopes.

“Jesse Armstrong, Jesse Armstrong, Jesse Armstrong. None of the genius of ‘Succession’ would be possible without Jesse Armstrong,” the producing team from the show stated upon accepting the award. Creator Jesse Armstrong was not present at the ceremony and was reportedly “hard at work” on Season 3 of the show, which another team member promised would debut in the fall.

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Introduced by Jimmy Kimmel by way of gentle roast, Sarandos accepted the PGA’s Milestone Award and took a moment to remember his childhood in Arizona where, he shared, he grew up as one of five children in a...
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