Who Won Oscar Night's Coveted 'Thank You' Award
The Weinstein Co. may have taken home a brag-worthy eight Academy Awards for The Artist, The Iron Lady and the documentary Undefeated, but it was GK Films producer Graham King who received the most praise from the Oscars stage on Feb. 26. King, whose production and finance company backed Hugo and the animated Rango (which picked up a combined six awards), was name-checked six separate times, including by the winning cinematography and sound editing teams, as well as by Rango director Gore Verbinski, who said King "really let us try something different." Artist producer Thomas Langmann stood up and high-fived Harvey Weinstein when the film was named best picture, and he offered a quick thank-you "to you, Harvey" as soon as he hit the stage. But Weinstein's name was mentioned only four times during the course of the night. Unlike at the Golden Globe Awards, where a victorious Meryl Streep dubbed Weinstein "the punisher," the best actress winner used her moment in the Oscars spotlight to recognize husband Don Gummer and her longtime makeup man J. Roy Helland, who also won an award that night. She didn't cite Weinstein or her agency, CAA. In fact, for the most part, agents got short shrift by the winners. Neither Jean Dujardin, newly signed to WME, nor Michel Hazanavicius, now with CAA, cited their reps. Supporting actress winner Octavia Spencer did include a mention of WME (and her publicists at Viewpoint PR). And supporting actor winner Christopher Plummer saluted his "little band of agent provocateurs," which includes ICM's Carter Cohn and longtime manager Lou Pitt. In terms of sheer name-calling, though, Martin Scorsese was the night's big winner: The Hugo director was mentioned in eight thank-yous, his name popped up twice in Billy Crystal's opening song medley, and Bridesmaids presenters Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy -- continuing a joke that they began at the SAG Awards -- chugged mini bottles of Grey Goose vodka when someone shouted Scorsese's name. High praise, indeed.