Honoring the Unsung Heroes
January 24, 2005
Ashton Kutcher tipped his cap, Leo DiCaprio lent a
hand and Eva Longoria looked anything but desperate
at the Producers Guild of America Awards this weekend.
But Will Smith just seemed confused. "When I was
asked to present at the PGA Awards, I was really excited,
because... I'm a huge golfer," Smith joked to the
Luckily Denis Leary was on hand to help explain the
awards to us. "The producer is the guy on the set
who I go to and go, 'What the hell is going on? What's
taking so long? Where's this actor? Where's my donut?
Where's my coffee?' That's a producer."
But "Million Dollar Baby" producer Clint Eastwood
had his own (and more logical) take: "It's just
people skills. It's just working with people and getting
the best out of them"
Jerry Bruckheimer took home an award for "The Amazing
Race 5," admitting, "It's always nice to be
honored, especially by people who are critical of our
And the lovely Eva Longoria handed out the award for
Best Variety Series, which went to "The Ellen DeGeneres
And even though the Oscar nominations are not announced
until early Tuesday morning, everyone from Mr. Eastwood
to Morgan Freeman was eyeing those coveted 5 a.m. wake-up
calls. Freeman told us, "I'm rooting for Clint,
I'm rooting for Hilary, I'm rooting for me, but getting
up at five o'clock in the morning to find out, I don't
have to do."
"I'll probably be sleeping, but I'll probably get
up and watch Yahoo or something," Eastwood added.
Congratulations to the night's winners and tomorrow's
nominees. Don't miss Tuesday's edition of "Extra"
as we go one-on-one with the Oscar noms as they get
the wake-up call of their career.