By winning the highest honor at the 28th annual PGA Awards on Saturday night, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, La La Land, a critically and commercially successful original musical about struggling artists in Hollywood, further solidified its status as the clear favorite to win the best picture
Oscar. Not every past winner of the PGA’s top prize hasgone on to claim the Academy’s top prize — just last year, The Big Short won the PGA Award, but Spotlight won the Oscar. However, 19 of its 27 prior recipients did, and there is plenty of reason to believe that isn’t purely coincidental.
What makes La La Land‘s PGA Award win extra significant is that the pic was pitted against — and vanquished — the exact same films against which it is nominated for the best picture Oscar: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight), plus one other (the PGA, unlike the Academy, guarantees 10 nominees, and Deadpool also made its cut).See More Photos