You might not recognize the names Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. But you certainly know at least a few of the more than 100 movies that the British duo has produced since the mid-'80s, including Sid and Nancy, Billy Elliot, Dead Man Walking, Elizabeth, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Shaun of the Dead,Frost/Nixon and that holiday-season guilty pleasure Love Actually.
Among those who likely will applaud when Bevan and Fellner receive the 2013 David O.Selznick Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles are the Coen brothers, whose Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou?were released under the pair's Working Title Films banner, and Hugh Grant, who starred in their Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, the Bridget Jones series, About a Boy and Love Actually.
The producers, who have been co-chairmen of Working Title since 1992, have won six Oscars and 30 BAFTA awards over the years and their films have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide. And they are expected to reap more recognition during the current awards season as the makers of Anna Karenina, opening Friday, and next month's Les Miserables.
Previous recipients of the PGA's highest honor include Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Jerry Bruckheimer and Steven Spielberg.