Hollywood showed its love for last year’s movies and its disappointment in Saturday night’s dinner at the Producers Guild of America Awards. While presenting the Milestone Award to Leslie Moonves, George Clooney sounded off about “that fucking fish. “I’m not sure what it was, but it came from the L.A. River,” Clooney said from the Beverly Hilton stage.
Other A-list presenters included Kathy Bates, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Morgan Freeman, who described honoree Angelina Jolie as “producer, director, writer … the woman of my dreams.”
Accepting the David O. Selznick Achievement Award, Steven Spielberg took time to thank his wife, Kate Capshaw, “who so innocently asked me last night if David O. Selznick was Irish. He’s the other – ish.”
Earlier in the day, Spielberg also provoked big laughs at the PGA Awards 2012 Nominees Breakfast, presented by Variety, when he answered a question about where he had gotten his inspiration to produce “War Horse.”
“My wife saw the play and said, ‘You’ve got to do this,'” he revealed at the Landmark Theaters confab.
“Bridesmaids” producer Barry Mendel said that pic’s director, Paul Feig, shot a massive amount of footage — 1.2 million feet — in order to be assured that the comedy was captured.
“Ides of March” producer Grant Heslov recalled that he and Clooney had originally set up their adaptation of the stage play when Barack Obama was running for president. “We didn’t think that a very cynical look at politics would play well at the point when Obama had been elected,” he noted. “About a year went by and we said, ‘Maybe we can do this.'”