Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture

The Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, also known as the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, is one of the annual awards given by the Producers Guild of America from 1989.

Starting from 2009, the number of nominees has officially increased from five to ten, in accordance with the number of Academy Awards Best Picture nominees.

Of all the 28 films awarded, 19 have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Winners and Nominees


Year Film Producer(s)
1989 Driving Miss DaisyLili Fini Zanuck and Richard D. Zanuck
Born on the Fourth of July A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone
Dead Poets Society Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt, and Tony Thomas
Do the Right Thing Spike Lee
Field of Dreams Lawrence Gordon and Charles Gordon
Glory Freddie Fields
The Little Mermaid John Musker and Howard Ashman
My Left Foot Noel Pearson
Sex, Lies, and Videotape John Hardy and Robert Newmyer
When Harry Met Sally... Rob Reiner and Andrew Scheinman


Year Film Producer(s)
1990 Dances with WolvesJim Wilson and Kevin Costner
Awakenings Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker
Goodfellas Irwin Winkler
The Grifters Martin Scorsese, Robert A. Harris, and Jim Painten
Reversal of Fortune Edward R. Pressman and Oliver Stone
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, and Ronald M. Bozman
Beauty and the Beast Don Hahn
Boyz n the Hood Steven Nicolaides
JFK A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone
Thelma & Louise Ridley Scott and Mimi Polk Gitlin
1992 The Crying Game Stephen Woolley
A Few Good Men Rob Reiner, David Brown and Andrew Scheinman
Howards End Ismail Merchant
Scent of a Woman Martin Brest
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood
1993 Schindler's List Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, and Branko Lustig
The Fugitive Arnold Kopelson
In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan
The Piano Jan Chapman
The Remains of the Day Mike Nichols, John Calley, and Ismail Merchant
1994 Forrest Gump Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, and Steve Starkey
The Lion King Don Hahn
Pulp Fiction Lawrence Bender
The Shawshank Redemption Niki Marvin
Three Colors: Red Marin Karmitz
1995 Apollo 13 Brian Grazer
Babe Bill Miller, George Miller, and Doug Mitchell
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd, Jr., and Bruce Davey
Il Postino: The Postman Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, and Gaetano Daniele
Leaving Las Vegas Lila Cazès and Annie Stewart
A Little Princess Mark Johnson
Sense and Sensibility Lindsay Doran
Se7en Arnold Kopelson and Phyllis Carlyle
Toy Story Ralph Guggenheim and Bonnie Arnold
The Usual Suspects Kenneth Kokin, Michael McDonnell, and Bryan Singer
1996 The English Patient Saul Zaentz
Fargo Ethan Coen
Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe, James L. Brooks, Laurence Mark, and Richard Sakai
Secrets & Lies Simon Channing Williams
Shine Jane Scott
1997 Titanic James Cameron and Jon Landau
Amistad Steven Spielberg, Debbie Allen, and Colin Wilson
As Good as It Gets James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, and Kristi Zea
Good Will Hunting Lawrence Bender
L.A. Confidential Arnon Milchan, Curtis Hanson, and Michael G. Nathanson
1998 Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg, Allison Lyon Segan, Bonnie Curtis, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, and Gary Levinsohn
Life Is Beautiful Elda Ferri and Gianluigi Braschi
Shakespeare in Love David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, and Marc Norman
The Thin Red Line Robert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau, and Grant Hill
The Truman Show Edward S. Feldman, Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, and Adam Schroeder
1999 American Beauty Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks
Being John Malkovich Michael Stipe, Sandy Stern, Steve Golin and Vincent Landay
The Cider House Rules Richard N. Gladstein
The Hurricane Norman Jewison, Armyan Bernstein, and John Ketcham
The Insider Michael Mann and Pieter Jan Brugge


Year Film Producer(s)
2000 Gladiator Douglas Wick, David Franzoni, and Branko Lustig
Almost Famous Cameron Crowe and Ian Bryce
Billy Elliot Greg Brenman and Jon Finn
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon William Kong, Hsu Li Kong, and Ang Lee
Erin Brockovich Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, and Stacey Sher
2001 Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann, Fred Baron, and Martin Brown
A Beautiful Mind Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone David Heyman
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh
Shrek Aron Warner, John H. Williams and Jeffrey Katzenberg
2002 Chicago Martin Richards
Adaptation. Edward Saxon, Jonathan Demme, and Vincent Landay
Gangs of New York Alberto Grimaldi and Harvey Weinstein
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman
Road to Perdition Richard D. Zanuck and Dean Zanuck
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh
Cold Mountain Albert Berger
The Last Samurai Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Tom Cruise, and Paula Wagner
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Duncan Henderson, and Peter Weir
Mystic River Robert Lorenz, Judie G. Hoyt, and Clint Eastwood
Seabiscuit Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Gary Ross
2004 The Aviator Michael Mann and Graham King
Finding Neverland Richard N. Gladstein and Nellie Bellflower
The Incredibles John Walker
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy and Tom Rosenberg
Sideways Michael London
2005 Brokeback Mountain Diana Ossana and James Schamus
Capote Caroline Baron, William Vince, and Michael Ohoven
Crash Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman
Good Night, and Good Luck. Grant Heslov
Walk the Line James Keach and Cathy Konrad
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Albert Berger, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, and Ron Yerxa
Babel Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Jon Kilik
The Departed Graham King
Dreamgirls Laurence Mark
The Queen Andy Harries, Christine Langan, and Tracey Seaward
2007 No Country for Old Men Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Kilik
Juno Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick, and Russell Smith
Michael Clayton Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent, and Sydney Pollack
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, and JoAnne Sellar
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Christian Colson
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Cean Chaffin
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven
Frost/Nixon Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Eric Fellner
Milk Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks
2009 The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, and Greg Shapiro
Avatar James Cameron and Jon Landau
District 9 Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham
An Education Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Inglourious Basterds Lawrence Bender
Invictus Clint Eastwood, Lori McCreary, Robert Lorenz, and Mace Neufeld
Precious Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, and Gary Magness
Star Trek J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof
Up Jonas Rivera
Up in the Air Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, and Daniel Dubiecki


Year Film Producer(s)
2010 The King's Speech Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Gareth Unwin
127 Hours Danny Boyle and Christian Colson
Black Swan Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, and Brian Oliver
The Fighter David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and Mark Wahlberg
Inception Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas
The Kids Are All Right Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, and Celine Rattray
The Social Network Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, and Scott Rudin
The Town Basil Iwanyk and Graham King
Toy Story 3 Darla K. Anderson
True Grit Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Scott Rudin
2011 The Artist Thomas Langmann
Bridesmaids Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Clayton Townsend
The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Ceán Chaffin and Scott Rudin
The Help Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, and Brunson Green
Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese
The Ides of March George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Brian Oliver
Midnight in Paris Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
War Horse Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg
2012 Argo Ben Affleck, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov
Beasts of the Southern Wild Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, and Josh Penn
Django Unchained Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, and Stacey Sher
Les Misérables Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, and Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi Ang Lee, Gil Netter, and David Womark
Lincoln Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg
Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, and Scott Rudin
Silver Linings Playbook Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, and Jonathan Gordon
Skyfall Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson
Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, and Megan Ellison
2013 12 Years a Slave(TIE) Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, and Dede Gardner
Gravity(TIE) Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman
American Hustle Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven, and Richard Suckle
Blue Jasmine Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
Captain Phillips Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Scott Rudin
Dallas Buyers Club Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter
Her Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, and Vincent Landay
Nebraska Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa
Saving Mr. Banks Ian Collie, Alison Owen, and Philip Steuer
The Wolf of Wall Street Riza Aziz, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Joey McFarland
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole
American Sniper Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper, and Peter Morgan
Boyhood Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland
Foxcatcher Bennett Miller, Megan Ellison, and Jon Kilik
Gone Girl Ceán Chaffin
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven M. Rales, and Scott Rudin
The Imitation Game Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, and Teddy Schwarzman
Nightcrawler Jennifer Fox and Tony Gilroy
The Theory of Everything Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, and Anthony McCarten
Whiplash Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, and David Lancaster
2015 The Big Short Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Brad Pitt
Bridge of Spies Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Brooklyn Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Ex Machina Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich
Mad Max: Fury Road Doug Mitchell and George Miller
The Martian Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam
The Revenant Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon
Sicario Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, and Molly Smith
Spotlight Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagon Faust
Straight Outta Compton Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre, and Scott Bernstein


  1. 1989 The Little Mermaid (lost to Driving Miss Daisy)
  2. 1991 Beauty and the Beast (lost to The Silence of the Lambs)
  3. 1994 The Lion King (lost to Forrest Gump)
  4. 1995 Toy Story (lost to Apollo 13)
  5. 2001 Shrek (lost to Moulin Rouge!)
  6. 2004 The Incredibles (lost to The Aviator)
  7. 2009 Up (lost to The Hurt Locker)
  8. 2010 Toy Story 3 (lost to The King's Speech)


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