By Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood
"The Big Short" got a big lift Saturday night from the PGA in the three-way race for the Best Picture Oscar with "The Revenant" and "Spotlight." In fact, when producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner accepted the coveted Darryl F. Zanuck Award, Kleiner was so flabbergasted that he said he thought they were just being named as one of the nominees.
The PGA win obviously represents a significant momentum shift for the Adam McKay black comedy about the financial collapse of 2008, given that 19 out of 26 Zanuck winners have gone on to win Best Picture. Plus, Gardner, Kleiner, and Brad Pitt also produced Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave," which shared the PGA award with Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and went on to win Best Picture. The win lends more gravitas to "The Big Short," which, despite its darkly comedic tone, is topical, provocative, and — most important — extremely well-made.
PGA Awards: Why ‘The Big Short’ Just Got One Step Closer To Oscar On A Night Where… https://t.co/XtUdEFbhy4 pic.twitter.com/xjy5laMKPL— Deadline Hollywood (@Deadline) January 24, 2016
Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner accept the 27th PGA Award for THE BIG SHORT. Their partner Brad Pitt is not here. pic.twitter.com/BneRVjjle5— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) January 24, 2016
What was #BradPitt like as not only an actor in #TheBigShort but as the movies producer? Adam McKay on The Juice now! @Seanmunsanje #oscars— FM104 (@FM104) January 24, 2016
#Oscars race just got a lot more interesting w/@thebigshort winning #PGAwards. And Brad Pitt is 1 of producers https://t.co/BFpjuKYtsI— Pamela McClintock (@PamelaDayM) January 24, 2016