"The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures has tapped Jerry Bruckheimer to receive its 2004 Producer's Award." Sounds like a joke, a lead from The Onion, you guess? Nope, it's true, the NRB, the 95-year-old film organization, has completely lost its mind and any shred of respect this year.
NBR president Annie Schulhof told Variety, "The organization is thrilled to be honoring (Bruckheimer) again. Whether engaged in large-scale action-adventure blockbusters or more intimate character-driven productions, the Bruckheimer signature guarantees a film of distinction."
Ha! She can't be serious. Who pays off these people? Bruckheimer's distinctive contributions to cinema this year include the Nicholas Cage classic "National Treasure" and Antoine Fuqua's "King Arthur" and that doesn't count serving as inspiration for Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "Team America: World Police."
These are dire times. Award-giving bodies must be stopped.