Academy Kicks Out Harvey Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after an emergency board meeting on Saturday. He is no longer a member and has been stripped of his voting rights.

Weinstein was fired a week ago from the company he co-founded following harassment and assault allegations going back decades.

The board is made up of 54 members, including Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. The number of votes to remove Weinstein was well above the two thirds needed. The Academy has been criticized in the past for ignoring other allegations of sexual misconduct. Woody Allen, Casey Affleck and Roman Polanski have all won Oscars despite such claims. Bill Cosby is still an academy member.

More decisions will be made regarding Weinstein’s future. France is discussing whether to revoke his Legion of Honour, the country’s highest civilian distinction, according to President Emmanuel Macron’s office Saturday.

The Producers Guild of America will hold an emergency board meeting on Monday to decide whether Weinstein should be kicked out of the organization. In 2012, he received the PGA’s Milestone Award.

Women continue to come forward about Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior. Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow allege harassment as well as Minka Kelly, Kate Beckinsale, Mira Sorvino and Rose McGowan.

Weinstein had his share of accomplishments. His biggest was getting his film Shakespeare in Love to beat out Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture in 1999. His fall from grace was swift and harsh. The “Oscar Whisperer” is no more and deservedly so.

 

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Harvey Weinstein Fired From Weinstein Co.

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Harvey Weinstein put up the money and was the power behind some of the biggest films of the past 25 years.

Know as the “Oscar Whisperer”, the 65-year-old has been involved in the production of 20 films that have been nominated for best picture.  Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, Shakespeare In Love and The English Patient all went on to win the Academy Award. Other films to get Oscar nominations include Pulp Fiction and Gangs of New York.

Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein founded Miramax in 1979, turning it into a major  player before selling it to Disney in 1993. They continued to work with Miramax until 2005 when they quit to start Weinstein Company, which was responsible for The King’s Speech, Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook.

There have always been rumors about Harvey’s inappropriate treatment of women that worked for him. A New York Times article the past week alleged inappropriate behavior with women in the last 30 years. In it, actress Ashley Judd described being lured to Weinstein’s hotel room, to find him wearing a bathrobe and requesting sexual favors. It had claims from other women working for the company and  official settlements from people, including Rose McGowan, who was issued a $100,000 settlement. Now several more women have reportedly come forward to allege serious sexual misconduct.

In a statement, Weinstein said he “came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I realised some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.”

The Weinstein Company announced on Sunday that its directors have fired Harvey Weinstein.

A statement released from the company read “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”

If Harvey would have stayed on and continued to produce movies, every actress or actor working with him would forever be questioned about why they would support someone accused of sexual harassment. To this day same questions are asked of people that work with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. The Weinstein Company had no choice but to fire its founder.

SATELLITE AWARD NOMINEES

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The Satellite Awards are annual awards given by the International Press Academy that are commonly noted in entertainment industry journals and blogs. The awards were originally known as the Golden Satellite Awards. The award ceremonies take place each year at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles.

 

Motion Picture

  • 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • All Is Lost (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions)
  • American Hustle (Sony)
  • Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Captain Phillips (Sony)
  • Gravity (Warner Bros.)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films)
  • Philomena (The Weinstein Company)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)

 

Director

  • Woody Allen Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films)
  • Alfonso Cuaron Gravity (Warner Bros.)
  • Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips (Sony)
  • Ron Howard Rush (Universal)
  • Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • David O. Russell American Hustle (Sony)
  • Martin Scorsese The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)

 

Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams – American Hustle (Sony)
  • Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Sandra Bullock – Gravity (Warner Bros.)
  • Judi Dench – Philomena (The Weinstein Company)
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color (Sundance)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough Said (Fox Searchlight)
  • Meryl Streep – August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company)
  • Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)

 

Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Christian Bale – American Hustle (Sony)
  • Bruce Dern – Nebraska (Paramount)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips (Sony)
  • Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
  • Robert Redford – All Is Lost (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions)
  • Forest Whitaker – Lee Daniels’ The Butler (The Weinstein Company)

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle (Sony)
  • Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • Julia Roberts – August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company)
  • Léa Seydoux – Blue Is the Warmest Color (Sundance)
  • June Squibb – Nebraska (Paramount)
  • Emily Watson – The Book Thief (20th Century Fox)
  • Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler (The Weinstein Company)

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Bradley Cooper – American Hustle (Sony)
  • Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • Harrison Ford – 42 (Warner Bros.)
  • Ryan Gosling – The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Prisoners (Warner Bros.)
  • Tom Hanks – Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)
  • Casey Affleck – Out of the Furnace (Relativity Media)
  • Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

 

Motion Picture, International Film

  • Bethlehem, Israel
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color, France
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
  • Circles, Serbia
  • Four Corners, South Africa
  • The Great Beauty, Italy
  • The Hunt, Denmark
  • Metro Manila, United Kingdom
  • The Past, Iran
  • Wadjda, Saudia Arabia

 

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Sony)
  • The Croods (DreamWorks)
  • Epic (20th Century Fox)
  • Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS)
  • Frozen (Disney)
  • Monsters University (Disney-Pixar)
  • Turbo (DreamWorks)
  • The Wind Rises (Studio Ghibli)

 

Motion Picture, Documentary

  • 20 Feet from Stardom (Radius-TWC)
  • The Act of Killing (Drafthouse Films)
  • After Tiller (Oscilloscope)
  • American Promise (Rada Film Group)
  • Blackfish (Magnolia Pictures)
  • Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (Ironbound Films)
  • Sound City (Roswell Films)
  • The Square (City Drive Entertainment Group)
  • Stories We Tell (Roadside Attractions)
  • Tim’s Vermeer (Sony Pictures Classics)

 

Screenplay, Original

  • David O. Russell, Eric Singer – American Hustle (Sony)
  • Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said (Fox Searchlight)
  • Spike Jonze – Her (Warner Bros.)
  • Ethan Coen, Joel Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films)
  • Kelly Mareel, Sue Smith – Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)

 

Screenplay, Adapted

  • John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater – Before Midnight (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Billy Ray – Captain Phillips (Sony)
  • Peter Berg – Lone Survivor (Universal)
  • Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope – Philomena (The Weinstein Company)
  • Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)

 

Original Score

  • Hans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • John Williams – The Book Thief (20th Century Fox)
  • Steven Price – Gravity (Warner Bros.)
  • Arcade Fire – Her (Warner Bros.)
  • Alexandre Desplat – Philomena (The Weinstein Company)
  • Theodore Shapiro – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (20th Century Fox)

 

Original Song

  • Happy, Despicable Me 2 (Universal)
  • Let It Go, Frozen (Disney)
  • Young and Beautiful, The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.)
  • I See Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (Warner Bros)
  • Please Mr. Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films)
  • So You Know What It’s Like, Short Term 12 (Cinedigm)

 

Cinematography

  • Sean Bobbitt 12 – Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity (Warner Bros.)
  • Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films)
  • Roger Deakins – Prisoners (Warner Bros.)
  • Anthony Dod – Mantle Rush (Universal)
  • Stuart Dryburgh – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (20th Century Fox)

 

Visual Effects

  • Robert Munroe, Colin Davies, Brendon O’Dell – All Is Lost (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions)
  • Markus Manninen, Matt Baer – The Croods (DreamWorks)
  • Tim Webber, Charles Howell, Chris Lawrence – Gravity (Warner Bros.)
  • Scott Stokdyk, Troy Saliba, James Schwalm – Oz the Great and Powerful (Disney)
  • Jody Johnson, Mark Hodgkins, Antoine Moulineau – Rush (Universal)
  • Scott Farrar, Andrew R. Jones, Jessica Norman, and Matt Johnson – World War Z (Paramount)

 

Film Editing

  • Joe Walker – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers – American Hustle
  • Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger – Gravity (Warner Bros)
  • Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach – Prisoners (Warner Bros.)
  • Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill – Rush (Universal)
  • Thelma Schoonmaker – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)

 

Sound (Editing and Mixing)

  • Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns, Brandon Proctor – All Is Lost (Lionsgate)
  • Oliver Tarney, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor – Captain Phillips (Sony)
  • Craig Berkey, Dave Whitehead, David Husby, and Christopher Scarabosio – Elysium (Sony)
  • Glenn Freemantle, Niv Adiri, Skip Lievsey – Gravity (Warner Bros)
  • Skip Lievsay, Paul Urmson, Igor Nikolic – Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films)
  • Danny Hambrook, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler – Rush (Universal)

 

Art Direction & Production Design

  • Catherine Martin, Beverly Dunn – The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.)
  • Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald – The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Tim Galvin, Diane Lederman – Lee Daniels’ The Butler (The Weinstein Company)
  • Robert Stromberg, Nancy Haigh – Oz the Great and Powerful (Disney)
  • Mark Digby, Patrick Rolfe – Rush (Universal)
  • Michael Corenblith, Lauren E. Polizzi – Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)

 

Costume Design

  • Patricia Norris – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • Catherine Martin – The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael O’Connor – The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Gary Jones – Oz the Great and Powerful (Disney)
  • Julian Day – Rush (Universal)
  • Daniel Orlandi – Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)

 

Special Achievement

Honorary Satellite Award

  • Ryan Coogler

 

Breakthrough Performance Award

  • Sophie Nelisse, The Book Thief

 

Best Ensemble, Motion Picture

  • Nebraska

HARVEY WEINSTEIN “MOST COMPETITIVE YEAR HE HAS EVER SEEN”

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Speaking in Zürich, Harvey Weinstein summed up the Oscar season so far and explains why he is pushing GRACE OF MONACO to next year.

“This is the most competitive [Oscar] season I’ve ever seen,”  Weinstein said. “And if you aren’t ready, don’t get in it.”

MUD IS FIRST SCREENER OF THE SEASON

 

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MUD was the first screener sent to academy members this year.  Roadside Attractions is hoping that early delivery will help MUD gain Oscar momentum.  Last year the Weinstein Company tried this tactic with THE INTOUCHABLES, but came up empty.  But, it did work for Sony Pictures Classics in 2008 with FROZEN RIVER, which went on to get nominations for Best Actress (Melissa Leo) and Best Original Screenplay.  A BETTER LIFE in 2011 was the first screener out and Demian Bechir received a Best Actor nomination.

MUD is a coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, and Reese Witherspoon. The film competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. (IMDB)

McConaughey is more likely to get a nomination for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB than MUD, but this performance will help his cause. MUD was released in April and made a respectable $21.6 million. It is now available on DVD and I highly recommend you check it out.

 

OPRAH VS. MERYL

 

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GoldDerby.com is reporting that Meryl Streep will be eligible for Best Supporting Actress for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.  That would put Streep in direct competition with Oprah Winfrey, who could get a Best Supporting Actress nom for LEE DANIELS, THE BUTLER.  Streeps role in OSAGE COUNTY is a leading role, but that would put her in competition with Julia Roberts, who they are also pushing for a lead actress nomination.  It is unlikely that both Steep and Roberts would get nominated for the same category.  Splitting them gives each one a better chance.  Both movies are from the Weinstein Company and they know how to win Oscars.

This is done all of the time. Last year Philip Seymour Hoffman was changed to Best Supporting Actor for THE MASTER.  Even though him and  Joaquin Phoenix were the leads.  Both of them received nominations.  Phoenix for Best Actor, Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor.

This is bad news for Winfrey. Its tough to compete against Meryl Streep in a role that many predicted would get her another Best Actress win.  Great news fro Julia Roberts.

 

 

 

WEINSTEIN PREVIEW

It has become a Cannes tradition. The Weinstein Company previews their Fall releases and of course what Harvey deems Oscar worthy. Two years a ago he announced NINE and MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. Last year the Weinsteins created a frenzy by showing 10 minutes of DJANGO UNCHAINED.. He also showed sneaks of Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER and David O. Russell’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (ugh).

This years announcements have all of the makings of an Oscar nomination:

GRACE

Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco

Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. A five minute teaser was shown and the reviews were mixed. Movie Critic Pete Howell says,

Kidman does a convincing Kelly, but she doesn’t exactly disappear into the role. It seems she’s striving for a convincing evocation of Kelly rather than a mirror image, much as Michelle Williams did for Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.”

This will all be about Kidman’s performance much like MY WEEK WITH MARILYN or THE IRON LADY. Both not particualy great movies, but the the performances make the film.

AINT THEM BODIES SAINTS

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Directed by David Lowery and Rooney Mara as Ruth Guthrie. The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

It was one of the best films to come from Sundance this year and received the   U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award. This might be more of an Indie Spirit Awards movie, but it is still on the Oscar radar.

FRUITVALE STATION

Written and Directed by Ryan Coogler.  The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. 

Originally titled FRUITVALE, it got a lot of attention at Sundance. I won the top audience award as well as some jury prizes.  and is shaping up to be this years PRECIOUS or BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. It is a small movie, but Weinstein the Oscar whisperer believes that it can win him some more awards.

If you are really bored and want to watch the 2 minute standing ovation it got at Cannes, here it is. (How did this camera get into the screening?)

You can read about the tragedy that inspired FUITVALE STATION HERE: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/fruitvale-station-true-story-video/

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Directed by John Wells. With Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin and Ewan McGregor. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

People seem to be divided on how this movie will play. Early reviews have been mixed, but Streep could get her 18th Academy Award nomination.

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM 

Directed by Morgan Neville. This documentary that profiles backup singers who live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. Look for TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM on the list of Best Documentary features.

MANDELA: A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

downloadDirected by Justin Chadwick and 10 years in the making. 

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

It has tested well so far in the US.

Some who have seen the trailer are concerned that it looks like a hip-hop action flick, not awards playing drama.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES

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Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn starring Ryan Gosling. Their first movie since DRIVE.

Set in Bangkok. Gosling plays a Yank who runs a boxing club as a front for the family narcotics business. His scary, vengeful mom is Kristin Scott Thomas, who pushes him to hunt down his brother’s killer.

A 3 minute was played for the Cannes crowd and was the only clip that garnered applause.  Here is the clip that they were shown:

Not all of these will win awards, but with Weinsteins record, many will.