The Oscar race is getting more interesting as well as confusing to Hollywood insiders, to say the least. The Producer’s Guild had their annual awards show last night at the Beverly Hilton. Gravity and 12 Years A Slave tied for the win for Best Picture. For six years in a row, the PGA has been spot on for best picture, but this extremely rare tie now has thrown it all into showbiz chaos.
Other winners were Alex Gibney’s Wikileaks, which won for Best Documentary, Modern Family, for Best TV Comedy, and Breaking Bad won for Best TV Drama. Anthony Bourdain won for his Parts Unknown; The Colbert Report and Behind The Candelabra also won. TV Producer Chuck Lorre was given an award for his long list of hit TV shows.
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The room was filled with the A-list of Hollywood’s executives and above-and-below the line talent. Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Craig, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Ron Howard, Essential Media’s Chris Hilton and Ian Collie, producer Jerry Weintraub, director David O. Russell and more.
Kevin Spacey started the show with a spot-on Johnny Carson imitation, and Barkhad Abdi, who plays Captain Phillips’ bad guy/Somali pirate, warmed the normally jaded crowd’s heart by saying, “I am from Minnesota and I drive a limousine. Tonight, I came here in a limousine. I did not drive it. Thank you, Hollywood.”
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Lorre also told the crowd while praising Affleck, “Don’t worry, Comic Con, he’ll be a very good Batman.”
Good natured Affleck then quipped about his private parts, “I was at the bar briefly, and I came back to my seat and somebody said, “you know, there was a guy up on stage who said you have a big dick.” I was like, You know, isn’t that always how it goes? The one time it happens and I miss it! Thank you very much whoever you are and God bless you. I’m often confused with Matt Damon but rarely with Michael Fassbender. So….” Then Affleck presented the tie award to the Producers of both 12 Years a Slave and Gravity.
12 Years director Steve McQueen seemed visibly shaken when he won and had a hard time composing himself.
Although the PGA is a good bellwether, don’t forget that American Hustle won big at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for best ensemble, so once again, the whole race is somewhat of a horserace. March 2nd is a long way off!
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