Category: The Big Short

Oscars 2016: ‘Spotlight’, ‘Big Short’ win best screenplay awards

Real-life inspired dramas Spotlight and Big Short won the best original and adapted screenplay Oscars at the 88th Academy Awards here.

The Tom McCarthy-directed drama, about Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of child sex abuse by Catholic priests, won Josh Singer and McCarthy trophies in the original screenplay category.

The film, featuring a stellar ensemble cast of Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, and Billy Crudup, revolves around the investigative team of Boston Globe reporters who relentlessly pursue the story even as they get constantly stalled by those in power.

Big Short, a biographical drama, is based on the non-fiction 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis about the financial crisis of 2007-2008 that was triggered by the build-up of the housing market and the credit bubble.

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Dede Gardner And Jeremy Kleiner: “’The Big Short’ Isn’t A Film For Any One Particular Political Orientation”

Plan B co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producers operating at the highest level, finding themselves and their films in the awards conversation repeatedly and closing major deals on a regular basis. They won Best Picture for 12 Years A Slave just three years ago, and will be hoping to capitalize on their PGA triumph with The Big Short this year when the AMPAS envelopes get opened on Feb 28. The Big Short has been hailed not only for its humor but for its pressing sociopolitical relevance. Gardner and Kleiner discuss the outcome of the film’s successfully “bipartisan” screening before Congress, the great effects on the world of socially conscious films, and some of the best advice they’ve taken from fellow Plan B producer Brad Pitt.

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2016 PGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

“Yeah, you won,” presenter Michael B. Jordan said seconds after announcing that The Big Short, the semi-comic retelling of the 2008 fiscal crisis, had won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 27th annual PGA Awards, held Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The award — the guild’s equivalent of a best film prize — went to Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, who were present to accept, and their Plan B producing partner Brad Pitt. Kleiner, as he accepted the award, admitted there was some momentary confusion: They weren’t sure that Jordan wasn’t running through the list of nominees in alphabetical order, Gardner offered a shout-out to the film’s director Adam McKay. And then, alluding to the issue of the moment, diversity, which she had addressed earlier in the day at the PGA Nominees Breakfast, she addressed her fellow producers, saying, “Yes, we have a real problem, we do. We have privilege in our hands, we are storytellers. So we need to tell stories that reflect our world and our country.”

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