NEW YORK — Variety‘s Peter Bart received the inaugural lifetime achievement kudo at the Mirror Awards at the W Hotel on June 14.
“Today” co-host Meredith Vieira emceed the luncheon. Gossip maven Liz Smith presented Bart’s honor, which followed a video packed with luminaries that Bart sardonically called “the ‘Dr. Strangelove’ of tribute films.”
“My life has been a movie written by a really disorganized writer,” Bart said in a brief but ebullient speech. “They say life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans, but I wasn’t even invited to the planning meeting.”
After offering thanks to Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones and Tad Smith, CEO of Variety parent Reed Business, Bart said he is “proud to preside over a paper that’s 102 years old, even though I’ve only been at the paper for 95 of those years.”
Sponsored by Syracuse U.’s Newhouse School, event honored media coverage of media.
Smith, who said she has known Bart for 20 years, lauded him with her customary Texas-bred flair for being “so damn smart it hurts your teeth” and “a silent assault weapon, like Dracula on a good night.”