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Screen Talk: Spike Lee’s Oscar, Tarantino Talks, Whither Weinstein Co?

Screen Talk: Spike Lee's Oscar, Tarantino Talks, Whither Weinstein Co?

Quentin Tarantino and the Weinstein Co. harbor awards hopes for "The Hateful Eight," a claustrophobic western with Shakespearean dimensions. Will the movie deliver at Oscar time? In an interview with New York, Tarantino compares himself to other Oscar-winning screenwriters Billy Wilder and Woody Allen. What’s going on with his patrons, the Weinsteins, who are undergoing turbulent management shifts?

Eric Kohn and I also debate the merits of the Academy Governors Awards picks, including an honorary Oscar for youngish Spike Lee, 58. Is it hypocritical for the Academy to give him an honorary Oscar when the studios are no longer making the kinds of films that made his name?

We also talk festivals and upcoming movies. Per usual!

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