Who are you going to call for the buzz about the Oscar awards circuit, including last night's Producers Guild Awards? Twitter, that's who! The PGA is a true insiders party that includes all the heaviest hitters who create the movies of our dreams. Attendees included Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and just about everyone in the movie biz who was in town.
As I turned to Twitter to find out the buzz, I wondered at first if it was a casual affair; the ceremony wasn't televised or streamed on the Internet. I soon found it was a formal affair from tweeter Zach Gutin, a screenwriter from New Jersey now living in L.A.:
"Just got fitted for a tux for the Producers Guild Awards … Went with Dumb and Dumber style hot pink frills and top hot. Shazam!"
Besides the snappy suit, I was thrilled to find out that the big Hollywood producers invite writers to their award shows. The following tweets helped me understand the hierarchy even further. Felicia Day, actress and creator of the nominated web series "The Guild," began the exchange with this tweet:
"Going to the PGA awards tonight for the @ theguild! Won't know many ppl there, but honored to be nominated with 'The Fancies' :D"
Bill Prady, executive producer of the network television series "The Big Bang Theory," tweeted back:
"@ feliciaday We will see you at the PGA awards. Won't speak to you, though because broadcast series types don't mix with the 'inter net.'"
If you're worried that Day was relegated to the back of the room, you can let out a sigh of relief. Super-agent George Ruiz of International Creative Management (ICM) tweeted this during the Awards.
"OMG @ feliciaday just snaked a seat at the ICM table! Wow. Some people."
Australian film critic Matthew Toomey tweeted what was going on in everyone's mind during the ceremony.
" … Will The Artist continue its march to glory?"
Executive Producer of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Tim Gibbons explained to the twitterverse why that question is so important:
"At the Producers Guild Awards ... Who will win? We pretty much predict the Best Picture every year..."
"The Artist" did indeed go on to win the night for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, as did Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" (2011) for best animated feature film and an entire slate of television and web series awards.
The only other excitement of the evening occurred when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie walked the red carpet. Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (2011) received an honorary award and Brad Pitt co-produced the best film nominee "Moneyball" (2011). Here's a sample:
"Just interviewed Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ... Heart is racing. Brad ... WOW what a dream" -- Renee Bargh for the television magazine "Extra."
The only person unimpressed appeared to be SofiaVergara of the TV show that took home the award for the best television comedy, "Modern Family." Here she is on the red carpet, making an insightful comment:
"Award night again! Producers guilt awards. say.ly/gJn1iI3"
Or maybe Vergara was just mixed up, as usual. And that's a wrap.
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