Oscar-winning and highly decorated director Steven Spielberg announced he would not direct another musical after West Side Story. This morning the PGA (Producers Guild of America) Awards breakfast was held at the Skirball Cultural Center in LA. This annual breakfast panel that precedes tonight’s PGA awards ceremony garnered the nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award. Although highly known as a director, Spielberg is nominated for this award as one of the producers of his musical film West Side Story.
At the awards breakfast, a panel was held with the theme being the iconic Steven Spielberg himself. During this conversation between Lisa Fisher, president of the PGA moderated, the panel and Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director revealed to the audience that he would never direct another musical. This doesn’t mean Spielberg is wholly done with musicals. He also stated he’d be involved as a producer on some and is currently co-producing one for the musical adaptation of The Color Purple.
Over the past four-plus decades, director Steven Spielberg has been nominated seven times for Best Director and Best Picture six times at the Oscars. Over the years, Spielberg has won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for Schindler’s List starring Liam Neeson in 1994 and Best Director once again in 1999 for Saving Private Ryan starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon.
What do you think of famous director Steven Spielberg’s choice not to direct another musical? What did you think of Steven Spielberg’s version of West Side Story? Do you believe Speilberg will take home any Oscars this year at the 94th Academy Awards? Let us know what you think in the comments down below. As always, we love to hear from you here at The Nerd Stash.
The Producers Guild Awards take place tonight at 8 PM PST.