Tom Cruise receives top prize at Producers Guild Awards for 'Top Gun'

During the 34th annual Producers Guild of America Awards, Tom Cruise, producer of "Top Gun: Maverick," received a career achievement award.

The sci-fi thriller expanded its lead as the front-runner for best picture after winning the night's highest honour at the producers awards event.

The PGA is frequently used as a proxy for the Oscars.

Losing the prize may have dashed the best picture aspirations for "Top Gun: Maverick" at the Oscars on March 12.

Cruise, 60, received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award from former Paramount CEO Sherry Lansing.

"Over 42 years later, despite phenomenal success, Tom Cruise is still that very same person," said Lansing.

The 1996 film "Mission: Impossible," which launched Cruise's producing career, received approval from Lansing.

As a young actor, Cruise recalls working on "Taps" alongside Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Cruise's co-producer on the eagerly anticipated "Maverick" sequel as well as his producer of the original 1986 "Top Gun," was acknowledged by the actor.

"You’ve all enabled me the adventurous life that I wanted,” he said.