Hollywood’s producers on Saturday voted “Everything Everywhere All At Once” the finest movie, continuing the multiverse-jumping sci-winning fi’s streak in award shows leading up to the Oscars the following month.
The latest win for the bizarre film, which has recently become the darling of Tinseltown’s award circuit, about an immigrant, laundromat-owning family against an interdimensional demon, delivered a blow to the dreams of competitors like Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick.”
The star-studded Producers Guild Awards dinner in Beverly Hills gave “Everything Everywhere” top awards, following similar accolades from notable directors and critics organizations. This places it as the movie to beat at the Oscars on March 12.
You lot, this is crazy. Stars Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan joined producer Jonathan Wang on stage and said, “This is wild!
The PGA award is sometimes regarded as the most reliable indicator of the Best Picture Oscar, Hollywood’s most desired honor, each year.
Twelve of the previous 15 winners of the producers’ top award—including the most recent two winners, “CODA” and “Nomadland”—went on to win best picture at the Oscars.
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” will compete with films like “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “The Fabelmans,” and Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick” at this year’s Oscars.
Cruise, who attended the PGA dinner and whose victory would have given rise to his own ambitions for the first-ever Oscar next month, was forced to accept a career achievement award instead.
When the actor recognized that cinema was “simply something that I was absolutely confident that I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life,” he pondered on his boyhood when he would “sneak in” to movie theaters and his career breakthrough hit with 1981’s “Taps.”
He informed the assembled producers, “And here I am and here we are all these years later.”
Standing ovation greeted Cruise, 60, who added, “I will continue to do everything that I can to contribute and help this industry and this art form that I love.”
The much anticipated sequel “Maverick,” which is about brave US Navy pilots, has received praise for bringing moviegoers back to theaters after the flu break and bringing in a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide.
But it has since missed out on a number of significant Tinseltown accolades.
On Saturday, “Navalny,” a documentary on the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, won best documentary.
Despite its grim tone and gruesome themes of war, fascism, and bereavement, Oscar front-runner “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” won best animated picture. The film has dominated this year’s award season in this category.
The PGA Awards on Saturday recognize both television and cinema, with “The White Lotus” receiving best drama, “The Bear” for comedy, and “The Dropout” for limited series. The awards are decided by 8,000-plus producers.