Producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown were double winners at Wednesday night’s Producers Guild of America Golden Laurel awards, taking a lifetime achievement award and seeing their film “Jaws” included among 25 landmark American filmsinducted into the PGA Hall of Fame.
But “The Crying Game” producer Stephen Woolley, who won the Darryl F. Zanuck Theatrical Motion Picture Producer award, was the unofficial star of the evening , receiving the producer of the year trophy from his peers.
In his lively acceptance speech at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Zanuck (who no longer produces with Brown) attributed his success to advice from his father, Darryl F. Zanuck: “‘If you want to be a good producer, you have to remember three things: story, story and story.’ As you can see, he doesn’t care much about stars.”
Brown, who along with Zanuck won the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, joked that he had the “privilege” of knowing Selznick, but “it’s not true that I personally knew D.W. Griffith.”
Woolley, meanwhile, sidestepped all questions about his Oscar nomination.
In his acceptance speech, Woolley joked, “All those in America will finally get their deferred monies back.” He was referring to the collapse of his own London-based Palace Pictures prior to Miramax Films’ success with the pic Stateside.
Actor James Earl Jones (in Zanuck’s upcoming production “Clean Slate”) also presented producer Don Hewitt with the David Susskind Lifetime Achievement Award in Television, noting that Hewitt’s “60 Minutes” had made the Nielsen top 10 for the 15th straight year.
“I’ll Fly Away” creators/producers Joshua Brand and John Falsey and producers Ian Sander and David Chase received the Norman O. Felton Producer of the Year Award for their acclaimed but low-rated series.
In other awards, the Eastman Kodak Nova Award for best new producer went to Laurie Parker, best known for “My Own Private Idaho.” Young television producer Susan Fales took the American Airlines Nova Award for her work as exec producer of “A Different World.” The films inducted into the Hall of Fame:
“An American in Paris” (U.S; 1951), produced by Arthur Freed, directed by Vincente Minelli, written by Alan Jay Lerner.
“Bonnie & Clyde” (U.S; 1967), produced by Warren Beatty, directed by Arthur Penn, written by David Newman, Robert Benton.
“City Lights” (U.S; 1931), produced by Charles Chaplin, directed by Charles Chaplin, written by Charles Chaplin.
“Dr. Zhivago” (U.S; 1965), executive produced by Arvid L. Griffen, produced by Carlo Ponti, directed by David Lean, written by Robert Bolt.
“Gentlemen’s Agreement” (U.S; 1947), produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, directed by Elia Kazan, written by Moss Hart.
“Godfather II” (U.S; 1974), produced by Francis Ford Coppola, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, written by Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo.
“The Good Earth” (U.S; 1937), produced by Irving Thalberg, directed by Sidney Franklin, written by Talbot Jennings, Tess Schlessinger, Claudine West.
“How Green Was My Valley” (U.S; 1941), produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, directed by John Ford, written by Philip Dunne.
“Jaws” (U.S; 1975), produced by Richard Zanuck, David Brown, directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb.
“Judgment at Nuremberg” (U.S; 1961), produced by Stanley Kramer, directed by Stanley Kramer, written by Abby Mann.
“King Kong” (U.S; 1933), executive produced by David O. Selznick, produced by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Shoedsack, directed by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Shoedsack, written by James Creelman, Ruth Rose.
“The Longest Day” (U.S; 1962), produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernard Wicki, written by Cornelius Ryan, Romain Gary, James Jones, David Russell, Jack Seddon.
“The Lost Horizon” (U.S;1937), produced by Frank Capra, directed by Frank Capra, written by Robert Riskin.
“Marty” (U.S; 1955), produced by Harold Hecht, directed by Delbert Mann, written by Paddy Chayefsky.
“Miracle on 34th Street” (U.S; 1947), produced by William Perlberg, directed by George Seaton, written by George Seaton.
“The Oxbow Incident” (U.S; 1943), produced by Lamar Trotti, directed by William Wellman, written by Dudley Nicols, Lamar Trotti.
“Psycho” (U.S; 1960), produced by Alfred Hitchcock, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by Joseph Stefano.
“The Quiet Man” (U.S; 1952), produced by John Ford, Merian C. Cooper, directed by John Ford, written by Frank Nugent.
“Raging Bull” (U.S; 1980), produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader, Mardik Martin.
“Red River” (U.S; 1948), produced by Howard Hawks, directed by Howard Hawks, written by Borden Chase, Charles Schnee.
“Shane” (U.S; 1953), produced by George Stevens, directed by George Stevens, written by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
“Singin’ in the Rain” (U.S; 1952), produced by Arthur Freed, directed by Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, written by Adolph Green, Betty Comden.
“The Sound of Music” (U.S; 1965), produced by Robert Wise, directed by Robert Wise, written by Ernest Lehman.
“The Ten Commandments” (U.S; 1956), produced by Cecil B. De Mille, directed by Cecil B. De Mille, written by Aeneas MacKenzie, Jesse L. Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss, Frederick M. Frank.
“Wings” (U.S; 1927), executive produced by Adolph Zukor, Jesse Lasky, produced by Lucian Hubbard, directed by William Wellman, written by Hope Loring, Harry D. Lighton.