Thursday, April 18, 2024

Producers Guild Awards: Spielberg, Banshees, Lizzo, Others Skip the Night, (Watch) Tom Cruise Gives Dull Speech, “Everything Everywhere” Wins

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The Producers Guild Awards are droning into their fourth hour in Los Angeles.

Best Picture goes to “Everything Everywhere All at Once” like clockwork. Ridiculous, but there it is.

Many players are missing including Steven Spielberg, the “Banshees” actors, and Lizzo, who won an award.

From the pictures sent back from the ballroom, the PGA is in start contrast to the NAACP Image Awards going on at the same time. The PGA room is very white. In one picture that was posted there was one Black man sitting way in a corner. Also, a child was eating dinner at table 15. LOL.

Tom Cruise gave his usual bland speech. Tom has no anecdotes about Hollywood, and no sense of humor. His clip package is presented to the tune of “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”

Whichever movie wins Best Picture might win the Oscar and might not. Stay tuned for Sunday night’s SAG Awards, a much better indicator (but also not on TV).

Tom Cruise’s corporate speech is below. He leaves out of his many thank you’s directors Paul Thomas Anderson and Cameron Crowe, also Paul Brickman who have him his trademark hit with “Risky Business.” No one told Tom that the phrase he ends his speech with, “I am because we are,” was the title of Madonna’s self-hyping doc about Africa years ago. The movie was so much about her we called it “We Are Because I Am.”

EARLIER The PGA — not the golf group — is giving out awards in Los Angeles on a rainy night.

The Producers Guild gives two movie awards– feature film and animated. The latter was just won by “Pinocchio” and Guillermo del Toro. The feature film award won’t come for two hours. By then I will have watched “Saturday Night Live” and tried to remain awake. If “The Whale” wins, someone will spout off.

Tom Cruise will receive the David O. Selznick Award even though Jerry Bruckheimer deserves it. Cruise will give an impersonal speech recalling what movies meant to him as a child in Missouri before he was taken by a cult.

Nominees are
Avatar: The Way of Water”
“The Banshees of Inisherin”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
“Elvis”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once”
“The Fabelmans”
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”
“TÁR”
“Top Gun: Maverick”
“The Whale”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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