Organizers of Thursday’s DGA Honors had the right idea: The ceremony, which honored Danny Glover, David Chase, Arthur Penn, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Anthology Film Archives, was skedded to last just an hour. However, Holland Tunnel traffic and some long acceptance speeches doubled the kudofest’s running time.
Luckily for the org, funnyman Hank Azaria hosted the event at the DGA Theater.
After presenting Chase with his nod, James Gandolfini was surprised to hear the helmer’s original intentions for “The Sopranos” pilot.
The pilot was “a piece of film to show as a director in order to propel myself into the world of feature film directing,” Chase said. “That was the career move, but it didn’t work out.”