Hollywood praisers on Wednesday tapped the publicity team for Fox’s “Walk the Line” as winner of the Maxwell Weinberg showmanship award for top publicity campaign.
The publicists also honored ABC/Touchstone’s “Lost” for the top TV publicity campaign.
The org honored longtime Daily Variety columnist Army Archerd with its lifetime achievement award with Kirk Douglas presenting.
Tim Menke was awarded the Les Mason Award and David James won the still photography trophy. Scott Bowles of USA Today won the press award and Brazilian journalist Paoula Abou-Jaoude was given the international award.
Hilary Swank presented the org’s Motion Picture Showmanship Award to Warners toppers Barry Meyer and Alan Horn while Teri Hatcher presented the Television Showmanship Award to ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson.
Other awards included the Bob Yeager Award for community service to Don Levy of Sony Pictures Imageworks for his involvement with the Lance Armstrong Ride for the Roses.
Kudos were presented at the 43rd annual publicists’ awards event at the Beverly Hilton, with about 800 in attendance and Jimmy Kimmel handling emcee duties. The publicists, who became part of IATSE Local 600 of the Intl. Cinematographers Guild three years ago, formerly operated as Publicists Guild Local 818.
“Walk the Line,” which has topped $117 million domestically, won over Warner’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Disney’s “The Chronicles of the Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Sony’s “Memoirs of a Geisha” and Warner’s “Good Night, and Good Luck.” The publicists singled out Greg Brilliant, Michael Broidy, Carol Cundiff, John De La Vina, April Florentino, Martin Gaiss, Amanda Johnson, Marie Kodani, Susan Levin, Erin Moody-Pargas, Chrissy Quesada, Kimberly Wire and Fran Zell.
With the “Lost” win, the guild singled out ABC publicist Jeff Fordis and Touchstone Television publicist Erin Felentzer. The skein won over ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC’s “My Name Is Earl,” UPN’s “Veronica Mars” and CBS’s “Without a Trace.”
Kimmel received big laughs when he introduced Hatcher from across the stage and quipped, “By court order, this is the closest I’m allowed to Teri.”