Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Guild Developments!

Just got back into town from opening weekend at the Sundance Film Festival -- and indeed, just got back from the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where I field-produced a red carpet piece that included the cast of Orange is the New Black (who won Ensemble in a Comedy Series) and William H. Macy of Shameless (who won Actor in a Comedy Series). going well.

But it does mean I missed the Guild news. Which is rather shocking!

After Boyhood took LAFCA, NYFCC, the Golden Globes, and Critics' Choice, the Producers Guild Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture went to...Birdman! Whoa! Surelt The Imitation Game or The Grand Budapest Hotel would take SAG though, right?

Wrong. Once again, 'twas Birdman that won the prize -- in this case, Ensemble in a Motion Picture. Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons and Julianne Moore once again won plaudits in their respective categories, but in the battle between Birdman's Michael Keaton and The Theory of Everything's Eddie Redmayne, it was the young'un in the biopic who won Actor in a Motion Picture. Which is bull. Redmayne is a great actor, it's a fine performance, and he's rather sexy in person (oh, trust me), but I believed Riggan Thomson more than I believed Stephen Hawking.

But who knows? Birdman's triumph in the Ensemble category could benefit Michael Keaton -- I hope it does -- just as it could influence its Best Picture chances...not a whit.

By the way. The frontrunners of this category are Birdman, a single-take (ish) film about a washed-up actor putting on a vanity project; Boyhood, a 12-years-in-the-making reflection of growing up and parenting; and The Grand Budapest Hotel, a zany-yet-melancholy period piece from Wes Anderson. No matter what, this year's Oscars are gonna be weird.

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