If you were there, you know what it was like. Tuxedos. Red carpets. Press photographers. Stars, studio heads and producers as far as the eye can see… which, to be fair, wasn’t far—it was a sold-out event, with attendees packed in pretty tight. But it wasn’t hard to make your way among the tables and get a glimpse of the industry’s top talents and power players kicking back to relax together—Tom Hanks swapping joke ideas with Judd Apatow; The Fighter’sAmy Adams comparing notes with King’s Speech director Tom Hooper; Justin Timberlake sharing a laugh with Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin. No exaggeration: The entire industry turned out to support the PGA on January 22.
After enjoying a tasty filet mignon (or non-red-meat entrée of choice, for those who leaned that way), the crowd settled in to enjoy host Judd Apatow’s formidable (and frequently R-rated) hosting skills, as the host affectionately skewered nearly everyone in the room.
After category wins for such lighter fare as Modern Family and Toy Story 3, the evening soon reached some of its emotional high points, including the presentation of the prestigious Stanley Kramer Award to Sean Penn by Major Brian Woolworth, a fellow veteran of the Haitian relief effort.
As the evening continued with non-fiction TV wins for The Colbert Report and Deadliest Catch, the powerful tributes kept coming. After a moving introduction by director David Fincher, Laura Ziskin took the stage to accept the PGA’s Visionary Award.
Not long thereafter, Waiting For Superman took home the PGA’s documentary award, while Mad Men copped its third straight TV drama award following a memorable off-script presentation from Mark Wahlberg. It all led up to the evening’s dramatic moment, Dame Helen Mirren’s announcement of the upset winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award.
It was a dazzling, memorable, packed-to-the-gills kind of night. Kudos once again to Paula Wagner, Hawk Koch, Mark Gordon, and the entire Awards team for doing the PGA proud. And for those of you who can’t get enough of the Producers Guild Awards, check back soon for some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the Awards’ stars and winners.
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