12 Years a Slave and Gravity Emerge as Oscar Favorites

The two films tied at the Producer's Guild Awards, which has predicted the Oscar best picture winner six years in a row

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Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tied for best picture at the Producer’s Guild of America Awards Sunday night—the first time a tie has ever happened in the history of that show. That win securely places those two movies as Oscar favorites since the Producer’s Guild Awards have correctly predicted the best picture Oscar winner six years running.

Gravity had not scored any high-profile prizes until Sunday. 12 Years a Slave won the Golden Globe for drama film and the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Picture, while American Hustle took home the Globe for best comedic film and the SAG ensemble prize.

So what seemed like a two-way race between Hustle and 12 Years may now be a three-way competition that includes Gravity. The PGA winner has later won an Oscar in 17 of the last 24 years. The last split was in 2006, when the PGA honored Little Miss Sunshine, and the Academy picked The Departed.