By John H. Foote

Green Book, the much loved road film about the unlikely friendship between an Italian Bronx tough guy and an elegant black musician in the turbulent sixties, has won the coveted Producers Guild Award for Best Picture of the Year.

This bodes very well for Green Book as we head into nominations week for the Academy Awards.

Since the formation of the Guild and their decision to honour the year’s best films, which began in 1990, the Academy and Guild have agreed on Best Picture 20 times.

Among the more surprising PGA winners have been The Crying Game (1992), The Aviator (2004), Brokeback Mountain (2005) and La La Land (2016), the latter surprising only in that it did not follow through with an Oscar.

With the win Green Book becomes the odds on favourite for Best Picture.

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