Brazil: Terry Gilliam's dystopian masterpiece was released on time and without issue internationally, by 20th Century Fox, but the domestic release was the stuff of legendary Hollywood battles. Universal Pictures had U.S. distribution rights, and studio head Sid Sheinberg was very unhappy with Gilliam's 142-minute cut of the film. Sheinberg recut Brazil, slashing the runtime almost in half and changing the ending. This infuriated Gilliam, and the two parties remained locked in disagreement for nearly a year, while the film was still unreleased domestically. Finally Gilliam took action, taking out a full page ad in Variety to publicly ask when Sheinberg would release the film, and staging covert screenings of his cut for critics without the studio's permission. Gilliam's scheme earned the film the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Award for 1985, before it had even been released. Sheinberg relented, and he and Gilliam compromised on a 132-minute new cut of the film that finally hit American theaters in late 1985.