The Weinstein Company, the name that’s synonymous with Oscar-bait projects that gathers excitement from awards lovers everywhere and manages to get shortlisted in dozens of categories, even when the odds are not in their favor. Harvey Weinstein, love him or hate him, is one of the most successful head honchos of a studio that gets recognized in the industry. Since he broke off from Miramax and Disney to start his own company back in 2005, its interesting how their quality and eclectic filmography has been shaped in just under ten years time.
He’s given many artists, directors, and craftsman the opportunity to have their films seen and most of all, appreciated by film lovers everywhere. It’s hard to believe the film that kicked off their future is the uneven, mystery-thriller Derailed (2005). What’s funny enough, that was the first exclusive film I covered for The Oscar Igloo. Harvey and I started on our journeys together. Him as a big-time business guru for the awards season. For me, it was learning and studying cinema until I would get the opportunity to run my own awards site, now called The Awards Circuit. I guess I’ll always have a soft spot for Harvey.
Looking at the filmography and what they’ve released, I’ll admit, there aren’t overtly obvious masterpieces that will go down in history as the best films ever made. There are some very good, solid choices with lots of terrific aspects. In the top ten at least, I can take something extraordinary away from them.
This year, Harvey is back in the hunt with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County, likely their leading player. It won’t stop there as they will also have Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a promising vehicle for Idris Elba and Naomie Harris and Stephen Frears’ Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
They’re already viable threats with Fruitvale Station, a film that will have lots of voters and critics on its side. Octavia Spencer and an Original Screenplay mention for Ryan Coogler all but seem assured at this point. They’ll also have other threats in Lead Actress from Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco and Marion Cotillard in The Immigrant. Supporting Actor could come into play for those two films as well for co-stars Tim Roth, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner.
And let’s not forget the political and important edge the studio will play with Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Forest Whitaker and most of all, Oprah Winfrey seemed to be definite contenders for nominations. The latter seems like a sure-fire Oscar winner if listed.
A promising year ahead for the studio. But for now, let’s look at the ten best films that the Weinstein Company has put out thus far. Some I’m sure you won’t agree but that’s why we have a beautiful comment section to have your voice heard. Include it there. Click NEXT through the gallery and enjoy!