Tom Cruise to receive Producers Guild’s highest honor; ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ named best film by NBR

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Tom Cruise is flying high.

The 60-year-old action star will receive the Producers Guild of America’s highest honor, organizers announced Thursday. It’s Cruise’s first major prize in a big year that saw him release the record-breaking box office blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Cruise will be honored at the Feb. 25 ceremony with the 2023 David O. Selznick Achievement Award, which recognizes a producer or producing team for their body of work.

“Beginning with Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise has developed a talent for producing to match his extraordinary talent as an actor,” PGA chiefs Donald De Line and Stephanie Allain said in a statement.

Past recipients of the award include Steven Spielberg, Brian Grazer, Barbara Broccoli and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

“Top Gun: Maverick,” meanwhile, was named the best film of the year Thursday by the National Board of Review.

Annie Schulhof, president of the long-running New York City-based nonprofit called the movie “a thrilling crowd-pleaser that is expertly crafted on every level … that brought audiences back to theaters.”

The sequel to the 1986 original also won outstanding achievement in cinematography. Released over Memorial Day weekend, the naval aviation spectacle grossed more than $1.5 billion at the global box office.

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