“The Aviator” producer Graham King says from Paris that most people think of Howard Hughes as an eccentric recluse. But this film is about “a dreamer and an entrepreneur; it’s the story of someone so many people can relate to. As a producer it’s great to get nominated, but it all comes down to the filmmaker. (Martin) Scorsese is such a genius; if it weren’t for him, we’d have nothing,” King tells Daily Variety.
“The Incredibles” producer John Walker tells Daily Variety that he is particularly pleased that his film has become just the second animated pic to earn a PGA nom (after “Shrek”). “It’s great that animated films are being treated like just films, and I love being in such august company with the other nominations,” Walker says. “And I think people in the business are beginning to realize the amount of work that goes into our films.”
“Sideways” producer Michael London credits director Alexander Payne with hitting a tone that made the film emotionally accessible to audiences. “Because of that, it speaks to people on a warm, personal, direct level,” he tells Daily Variety.