In 11 of the past 15 years, the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have given their best picture awards to the same film. If that trend continues this year, Brokeback Mountain will be taking home the Oscar in a few months time. Ang Lee's film, the presumed Oscar front-runner even before the Producers Guild announced their honoree, beat out usual suspects Capote, Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Walk the Line for this year's best picture award. Though the PGA has a reputation for leaning towards big-budget films (last year, for example, in one of its rare disagreements with the Academy, the PGA preferred The Aviator to Million Dollar Baby), notably absent from this year's short list were big studio blowouts like King Kong and Cinderella Man.

Also honored by the PGA yesterday was Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which was named best animated film.