Studio Legends: Harvey & Bob Weinstein
Photographed by Nigel Parry on Dec. 9 at The Weinstein Co. in New York.
They’ve made close to a thousand films that have won 63 Academy Awards (on 274 nominations). And there’s a Weinstein fingerprint smudge on practically every frame. “People think that we bully, that we are tough,” Harvey Weinstein says. “But we think like filmmakers. And we get more done with charm and honey than people give us credit for.” One thing is clear: They often get their way. Fresh from their victorious scrape with the MPAA to remove the NC-17 rating from Blue Valentine, the brothers from Queens currently are in their native element: Oscar season. In addition to the aforementioned rough-and-raw critical gem, the Weinsteins have The King’s Speech, a heartwarming Anglophile front-runner. “We feel we were instrumental in helping to take artistic-natured films and bring them to the mainstream,” Bob Weinstein says. One area where they fell short? In their attempt to win back Miramax, whose sale to Filmyard Holdings — a group led by construction executive Ron Tutor and investor Tom Barrack — was completed recently. Harvey admits it was “disappointing” but says he has moved on, adding, “We’ve turned the corner.” Indeed. On this day, at their offices, both brothers seem comfortable. Mellow. Even jokey. “Retouch us,” Harvey quips to the photographer. “Make us look 30 pounds lighter.” Explains Bob of their new journey: “The Weinstein Co. is the sequel. The name of our company now is our name, not our mom and dad’s.”