Monday, April 15, 2024

Paula Wagner, Former Tom Cruise Partner, Will Produce Oscars Governor’s Awards


Just great news. Paula Wagner, who ran Tom Cruise’s production company for years, will produce the Governor’s Awards for the Oscars on November 16th in Los Angeles at the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theater. The awards are going to Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Piero Tosi. Wagner is a favorite in Hollywood, one of the good guys, married forever to Rick Nicita, also great. They’re former CAA agents turned producers. Paula produced all the good Cruise movies like “Jerry Maguire” and “Mission: Impossible.” She’ll do a terrific job. Last year’s Governor’s Awards was one of the outstanding events of the season. Another good choice from the Academy.

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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