Saturday, April 13, 2024

Pneumonia Keeps Scott Rudin From WGA; “Modern Family” Wins for Comedy


The grind of having two Oscar nominations for Best Picture has taken its toll on producer Scott Rudin. Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal stepped in for him tonight in Hollywood at the WGA Awards, saying that Rudin has pneumonia and couldn’t make it. Pascal went on to present a lifetime achievement award to screenwriter Steve Zaillian. Rudin doesn’t like awards shows and big parties anyway. But strong antibiotics and rest should have him back in fighting form by Oscar weekend…

…”Modern Family’ won the WGA tonight for Best TV comedy. I know people love this show, and it’s new–awards go to new shows because of the novelty. But how could it be better than “30 Rock” or “The Office”? It doesn’t seem possible.

…Everyone at the WGA gets some kind of Skype branded camera. Leah Sydney reports that “Spider Man” Andrew Garfield and girlfriend Shannon Woodward made sure to get theirs. After all, they are English people in the US, with families and friends thousands of miles away…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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