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Harvey's stealth Oscar contender: 'The Concert'

July 30, 2010 |  3:55 pm
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Publicly, the movie that the Weinstein Co. is pushing hard for the best picture Oscar is "The King's Speech," which stars Colin Firth as Britain's King George VI trying to overcome a nervous stammer. But that notoriously sneaky Harvey Weinstein has a stealth contender aiming for the same top Academy Award — "The Concert," about a conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra who was fired 30 years ago for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a janitor, he plots to replace the Bolshoi with his ragtag musical team that includes a virtuoso violinist (Melanie Laurent, who would probably have been nominated for supporting actress at the Oscars for "Inglourious Basterds" if she hadn't been campaigned too ambitiously in lead).

"The Concert" opens today in Los Angeles and New York theaters where Oscar voters will be admitted free by showing their academy membership card.

One glitch: "The Concert" is in French, but Harvey has put foreign-language fare in the best-picture race in the past — "Il Postino" (1994) and "Life Is Beautiful" (1997). Now that there are double the number of nominee slots, it may be easier for one to squeeze in. The last foreign-lingo flick to bag a bid for best pic was "Letters From Iwo Jima" (2006).

"The Concert" is already a proven award winner. At the most recent Cesar Awards, it was nominated for six prizes, including best picture and director. It lost to "A Prophet" in those races, but triumphed in two crafts contests (music, sound).


Photo: Weinstein Co.

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@Josh
Yes I saw, and she did'nt deserve any interpretation price Diane Kruger was really better !

@felix

Umm... Did you see Inglourious Basterds?

(I'm french ! My english is worst than never we see before ... :D)

The movie has been one of the 2009 surprise in french theaters, supported by two million spectators but not so stronger by the critics. It's a pretty movie but not a masterpiece, Jacques Audiard absolutely deserves his awards!

Russian actors are excellent, french actor François Berleand too but sorry, Melanie Laurent is not what we usually call "a good actress", she is totally unexpressive and without any emotiveness. She is often compared to Marion Cotillard, but she needs to improve herself before hopping any nomination at the Oscar or at the Golden Globes ...

Jacques Audiard directed A Prophet, NOT The Concert...

come on!!!!

I like the trailer. It looks like a very good film.

This is sitting at a woeful 51 on Metacritic.

Maybe back when he could make a silk purse out a sow's ear (circa 1995), this would have had a longshot chance.

It's 2010. Apart from The Reader (and that was because of the Pollock/Minghella connection), Harvey has not gotten surprising nominations for many years. His influence these days extends basically to the easily influenced HFPA.

(Also - Jacques Audiard directed The Prophet, not this film.)


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