At the Producers Guild Awards 2012
It’s been a little over a week since the Producers Guild Awards, and our collective hangover is finally starting to lift. It was an unbelievable time – such a good time, in fact, that we can only recall bits and pieces of it. We remember Michael Rappaport being pretty damn excited when Beats, Rhymes & Life won the feature documentary award. We remember Alicia Keys belting out a couple of amazing songs, and Kathleen Kennedy getting a little verklempt accepting the animated feature Award for Tintin. We remember laughing at George Clooney’s introduction for Les Moonves, though the specific jokes are a little hazy right now. Don Mischer may have shown a home movie at some point. We may be making that last part up, we’re not sure.
But mostly, we remember having a hell of a time, doing our best to navigate a room that was as full of stars, producers and power players as any we’ve ever seen. We saw Brian Grazer chatting with Angelina Jolie, while Hawk Koch and Warren Beatty were talking shop at the next table over. We pretended to be looking for another cocktail while we were secretly eavesdropping on J.J. Abrams, who was saying all kinds of smart things. Even better, someone handed us another cocktail anyway. We got our picture taken with Stan Lee. It seemed like everyone got their picture taken with Stan Lee. Finally: Judd Apatow – if it looked like we were hitting on your daughter, we absolutely were not doing that, and besides, it was a total accident, and we are very, very, very sorry, is what we’re trying to say.
A lot of the rest of the night is kind of a blur, except for Brad Pitt, who somehow stayed in perfect focus. We’re grateful for the accompanying slide show, which has helped to fill in some of the gaps. But even more so, we’re grateful for the hard work and outstanding taste of Awards Co-Chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim; working together with their talented team, they created an incredible evening that we’ll always partially remember.