I spoke to Harvey Weinstein in Toronto after The Weinstein Company’s The Master won 3 big awards at the Venice Film Festival and about the latest jury scandal there. Weinstein explained that the panel wanted to give The Master the top Golden Lion prize and also acting awards. But when the jury found out they couldn’t do both, they awarded Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman thesp prizes and Paul Thomas Anderson the Silver Lion for Best Director. (Plus it won a critics prize). “Do you think, given the choice of having the Golden Lion or seeing his actors rewarded, that Paul Thomas Anderson would want it any other way?” Weinstein told me. “We are totally fine with all of this and thrilled about what we got in Venice.”
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