Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg told Tom Cruise that he “saved Hollywood’s ass” with last year’s box office smash hit the non-woke “Top Gun: Maverick.”
“Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to Cruise’s 1986 hit film has grossed $1.48 billion worldwide. The movie earned six Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture.
Spielberg congratulated Cruise at the 2023 Academy Luncheon and said he single-handedly saved the theatrical industry. The legendary director of Jaws can be seen in the video below hugging Cruise and talking about winning a milestone award before looking the star in the eyes and saying:
“You saved Hollywood’s ass and you might have saved theatrical distribution.
“Seriously, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ might have saved the entire theatrical industry.”
Spielberg said earlier:
“The pandemic created an opportunity for streaming platforms to raise their subscriptions to record-breaking levels and also throw some of my best filmmaker friends under the bus as their movies were unceremoniously not given theatrical releases.”
According to Variety, Cruise made the rest of Hollywood act like fans during the Oscars Luncheon”
Tom Cruise stole the show at the 95th Oscars luncheon, the annual gathering celebrating the nominees for the year’s Academy Awards.
…Nominated as a producer for “Top Gun: Maverick,” along with Jerry Bruckheimer, Christopher McQuarrie and David Ellison, Cruise walked the red carpet, greeted his fellow colleagues and spoke briefly with journalists, doing his first significant awards campaign event of the season.
Cruise could hardly take a few steps without being approached by an industry person, including Steven Spielberg, Brendan Gleeson, Paul Mescal, Baz Luhrmann and Bonnie Arnold.
He even scored a seat at one of the stellar tables with nominated talent like cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Empire of Light”), Daniel Kwan (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) and Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”).
Steven Spielberg tells Tom Cruise that “you saved Hollywood’s ass and you might have saved theatrical distribution. Seriously, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ might have saved the entire theatrical industry.” pic.twitter.com/nPWR5BqiUV
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JOHN WILLIAMS celebrates his 91st birthday today.
Here STEVEN SPIELBERG pays tribute to his great friend and collaborator…
…who together have forged an unrivalled creative partnership that has created countless moments of movie magic. pic.twitter.com/N8q64obHkA
— James Leighton (@JamesL1927) February 8, 2023
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