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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Alfonso Cuaron film “Gravity” and the harrowing historical drama “12 Years a Slave” shared the top prize at the Producers Guild of America (PGA), a first for the awards.

In the past six years the winner of the PGA then picked up the Oscar for best film at the Academy Awards, as Hollywood’s prize-giving season moves into full flow.

But it was the first time the big prize at the PGA, in Los Angeles, has been shared in its 25-year history, according to Variety magazine.

“12 Years a Slave,” about a free black man sold into slavery in 1840s America, and “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock, who plays an astronaut stranded in space with George Clooney, were already among the Oscar frontrunners.

The 3D space spectacular tops the Oscars nominations list with 10 nods, along with David O. Russell’s stylish crime caper “American Hustle”.

The Oscars, the climax of Tinseltown’s glitzy awards season, is on March 2.

“American Hustle” won the top film prize at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Saturday, having already won big at the Golden Globes, where it took best musical/comedy film and two acting awards.

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” took the coveted best drama prize at the Golden Globes.

Other PGA winners included the TV movie with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra,” the documentary on WikiLeaks, “We Steal Secrets,” and the Disney animated film “Frozen.”

In the television categories, highly acclaimed comedy “Modern Family” and drama series “Breaking Bad” took top honors.

AFP Photo/Kevin Winter

President Trump boards Air Force One for his return flight home from Florida on July 31, 2020

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Florida senior residents have been reliable Republican voters for decades, but it looks like their political impact could shift in the upcoming 2020 election.

As Election Day approaches, Florida is becoming a major focal point. President Donald Trump is facing more of an uphill battle with maintaining the support of senior voters due to his handling of critical issues over the last several months. Several seniors, including some who voted for Trump in 2016, have explained why he will not receive their support in the November election.

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