May 24, 2007


Syriana Writer Weds Oil Heiress (Radar, May 2007)

For filmmaker Stephen Gaghan, oil money is the gift that keeps on giving.

Gaghan, the writer-director behind 2005's Syriana, got married last weekend, to Minnie Mortimer, a member of one of New York's most prominent society clans. Mortimer is the great-granddaughter of Standard Oil president Henry Morgan Tilford (and sister-in-law of sometime Radar mascot Tinsley Mortimer).

Syriana, of course, was a "scathing" (as it was invariably described in reviews) look at the politics of the international oil business. Promoting the film in a Huffington Post blog, Gaghan wrote, "This massive pile of wealth, of found money from a puddle under the earth, has the same effect as the gravity of a black hole that bends and swallows the morality of all who pass into its orbit. You think you're immune? Well, I suspect you just haven't been induced yet, you haven't met your devil."

Gaghan and his devil met at Barry Diller's annual pre-Oscars picnic, according to, and were wed on Saturday at Manhattan's St. Thomas Church.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2007 1:30 PM

Syriana was a brilliant demonstration of the ability of leftists to hold 12 different mutually conflicting opinions as long as they all have in common that America Is Bad.

Posted by: b at May 24, 2007 1:40 PM

One of those movies where I took the advice to wait until it was out on DVD and then not rent.

Posted by: Rick T. at May 24, 2007 2:14 PM

And he did this, because the daughter of a Mexican
drug lord wasn't available.

Posted by: narciso at May 24, 2007 6:38 PM