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Harvey Weinstein Calls 2013 Awards Race "The Most Competitive Season I've Ever Seen," Praises 'Prisoners'

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 30, 2013 11:04 AM
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If there is one person who knows the ins and outs of any award season, it's Harvey Weinstein. The producer extraordinaire has been behind countless campaigns, and knows how the system works backwards and forwards, and more than any prognosticator, his feelings on the 2013 race certainly carry with them some tremendous weight. And if Harvey is sensing the field is one of the toughest he's been part of, then you know it's going to be an interesting few months leading up to the Oscars.

"This is the most competitive [Oscar] season I've ever seen,"  Weinstein recently said at the Zurich International Film Festival. "And if you aren't ready, don't get in it." And he's applying that firm rule to himself. Harv has already pushed the Nicole Kidman-starring "Grace Of Monaco" to 2014 refusing to rush the movie that "just wasn't finished, the sound, anything." That said he promises a full blown campaign for the movie next year, and it's one he expects to do even better than "My Week With Marilyn."

So, what is he doubling down on? Well, it might not be the last you've heard of "Fruitvale Station" as he plans to get behind the Sundance sensation in a big way. "[The film] did $16 million, which is very good for a film that size but there's going to be another round with this," he explained. "He's [director Ryan Coogler] a boxing fan and he's going to get a round two."

As the competition he's facing, Weinstein took a moment to single out "Prisoners" as "the best film I've seen all year. I don't know why I'm praising a Warner Bros. movie after what they did to us on 'The Butler'...but they are good people and they made a good movie," he said. Zing.

It seems Harvey is carefully surveying the board and plotting his next month as he sees contenders from rival studios start to make their play, but if one thing is for certain, never count out a Weinstein. [THR]

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  • sam | October 1, 2013 10:03 AMReply

    i don't think you know what Zing means.
    but good on Harv for that one.

  • Jamie | September 30, 2013 4:39 PMReply

    Absolutely loved Prisoners. Feels strange not to be disagreeing with Harvey. :-)

  • kindred spirit | September 30, 2013 2:12 PMReply

    I don't disagree with him re: Prisoners. I hope it gets in (much better than Rush and Don Jon).

  • Anne Thompson | September 30, 2013 12:44 PMReply

    He said the same thing last year, compared the 2012 slate to 1939! Gave Argo a shoutout, directed by old chum Ben Affleck, with whom he wants to work again someday. Same here with Denis Villeneuve.

  • caro | September 30, 2013 4:59 PM


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