When Chris Rock speaks, people listen. Especially inside the Beverly Hills Montage’s Marchesa Ballroom at The Weinstein Company’s official Oscars viewing party (presented in part by Indiewire). Even though some guests were still assembling their dinner plates, by the end of his opening salvo, the gathered audience was clapping along, ready for the rest of the evening.
Though not a Weinstein offering, the early onslaught of wins for “Mad Max: Fury Road” generated some big buzz, particularly whenever the film was listed among the nominees. Whether people were cheering associates or personal Oscar pool victories, there was an overall positivity to the entire evening. Even in the best supporting actress category, where two TWC hopefuls (Jennifer Jason Leigh for “The Hateful Eight” and Rooney Mara for “Carol”) had a chance, Alicia Vikander’s win was met with people audibly pleased with the result.