Sunday, January 24, 2016


'The Big Short' Seizes Momentum After Grabbing Top Producers Guild Award

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.

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