Harvey Weinstein doesn’t need to offer recriminations. The Weinstein Company producer, whose films have won the last two Best Picture Oscars and may go on to win a third if “Silver Linings Playbook” goes the distance, has his eye on the rare dark spots in his portfolio in a recent interview with Deadline.
While “Django Unchained,” for instance, received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Weinstein takes the fall for Quentin Tarantino’s absence in the Best Director category. “We tried to show it to people in theaters, not on DVD,” he said, noting that the film’s “screeners” sent to voters went out later than is typical. “It’s an epic movie and that man put his whole life and heart into this. It’s his most important movie, his most important subject matter, and the idea of DVDs stopped me cold. And I stopped them. I wouldn’t do it.” Ah, well!