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Saturday Night Special

Posted By Rembrandt Bell, Monday, January 28, 2013

Yes, it’s true. Whatever you heard about Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards… it’s all true.

Mark Gordon sang. Harvey Weinstein wept. Ben Affleck stumped for acting gigs. Russell Simmons bought a house. Argo kept rolling. The Producers Mark arrived. Hawk Koch picked up a new nickname. Even the agents and lawyers in the room got some love from the stage, from Eric Fellner, who may still be delivering his Selznick Award acceptance speech, somewhere.

From the "Producers Do-Re-Mi” opening video, to J.J. Abrams’ moving reminiscences of his mother, to Robert Rodriguez’s affectionate channeling of Bob Weinstein, to Harvey’s own poignant recollections of sneaking into the Palais at Cannes as a young and hungry producer, the 2013 Producers Guild Awards might stand as the biggest-hearted show in the event’s history. If many of the winners in the competitive categories (including Homeland, Modern Family, Searching for Sugar Man and The Colbert Report) followed the expected script, the show did provide the occasional surprise, such as Wreck-It Ralph’s Animated Feature win over fellow Disney nominee Brave, and the onstage characterization of Documentary nominee The Gatekeepers as being about the college admissions process, rather than the film’s actual subject, the top-level Israeli security agency Shin Bet. (Missed it by that much…)

But we’re not quibbling. Saturday night gave our Guild and our industry the kind of night we need more of: a true celebration, flush with good spirits, good humor, and a uniquely warm and intimate vibe that reminded everyone present what a small and tightly-knit group the entertainment community really is. Our heartiest congratulations and thanks go out to Michael De Luca, Branden Chapman, Dan Mojica and the entire Awards production team for an evening that delivered on all counts, proudly wearing its collective heart on its sleeve.

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