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Inside The Weinstein Company’s Pre-Oscar Dinner

Inside The Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner

Broadway dancers! Ennio Morricone! Lady Gaga, almost! 

Highlights of The Weinstein Company’s annual pre-Oscar dinner at Montage Beverly Hills (of which Indiewire was a sponsor) were surprisingly eclectic, drawing as much from TWC’s Broadway investments (“Finding Neverland” and the upcoming “Singin’ In The Rain”) as from their Oscar nominees, which include Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and the Kirby Dick documentary “The Hunting Ground.” 

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The octogenarian Morricone was recognized with a performance from his soundtrack for “The Hateful Eight,” followed by a brief onstage appearance by the composer himself. That inspired a standing ovation, as well as a vow that the never-honored Morricone would win an Oscar Sunday night, lest Weinstein and Tarantino “have to go into witness protection in Sicily.” 

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Weinstein’s witness protection concerns might be more immediate; “Carol” representatives at the dinner included director Todd Haynes, producer Christine Vachon, star Rooney Mara and composer Carter Burwell, himself an Oscar nominee. (From the stage, Weinstein assured the “Carol” team that he meant no offense.)

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Up next: The evening’s performances…
Lady Gaga’s presence was an ongoing tease, although she didn’t show until the evening was all but over. (She was in rehearsal for her Oscar performance.) In her absence, Diane Warren did the honors of performing her own Oscar-nominated song, “Until It Happens to You,” from “The Hunting Ground.”

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Closing out the evening were two actual song-and-dance numbers, from “Singing’ In The Rain,” which is currently on stage in Paris and, according to Weinstein, will move to Broadway in January 2017. 

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