The stars were out for the premiere of “Spielberg,” HBO’s documentary profiling the prolific career of Oscar-winning auteur Steven Spielberg. Directed by 14-time Emmy-winner Susan Lacy, the film gathers hundreds of hours of interviews from Spielberg and his various collaborators to paint a portrait of his 40-plus year career. Gold Derby was present at the exclusive event, held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, and rubbed elbows with the celebrities and industry insiders attending.
The iconic director himself was on-hand alongside wife Kate Capshaw. Among the attendees were Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Holly Hunter, Martin Short, Bob Odenkirk, Vince Vaughn, Vin Diesel, Jay Roach, Amy Brenneman, Quincy Jones, Edgar Ramirez, Julie Delpy, Brad Silberling, Josh Gad, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom Rothman, Kelly Lynch, Mitch Glazer, and Caroline Goodall. Frequent collaborators Janusz Kaminski (cinematographer), Rick Carter (production designer), and Michael Kahn (film editor) were also present.
Spielberg has three Academy Awards on his shelf – for directing and producing “Schindler’s List” (1993) and for directing “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). He has competed five more times for Best Director (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1977, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” in 1982, “Munich” in 2005, and “Lincoln” in 2012) and eight more for Best Picture (“E.T.,” “The Color Purple” in 1985, “Saving Private Ryan,” “Munich,” “Letters from Iwo Jima” in 2006, “War Horse” in 2011, “Lincoln,” and “Bridge of Spies” in 2015).
He could be back in the Oscar race again for “The Post,” an upcoming docudrama about a cover-up spanning four U.S. presidents that pushed “The Washington Post” to engage in a war between journalists and the government in publishing “The Pentagon Papers.” The film stars Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Kay Graham, the country’s first female newspaper publisher. The large ensemble also includes Odenkirk, Alison Brie, David Cross, Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Rhys, Bruce Greenwood, and Zach Woods.
Should Spielberg win an Oscar for helming the film, he’d join Frank Capra and William Wyler as the only three-time victors in the category. He’d also be only one award shy of tying John Ford’s all-time record in the category.
HBO has set the “Spielberg” premiere to first air on October 7.
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