Indie Spirits, HBO and Weinstein party down on Oscar eve

Posted by · 11:06 am · February 27th, 2011

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind.  The Indie Spirits was a lovely affair, though they really need to figure out the show aspect because it kind of fell apart this year.  I didn’t see it on television so maybe it was edited into shape, but in the room, it just felt like chaos.

I spoke to Aronofsky — for the first time since he finally made my list, he noted.  The guy is paying attention.  I wished him the best of luck tonight but he shrugged it off, knowing much of anything beyond Natalie Portman winning just isn’t in the cards.  Nevertheless, it’s been a long, wonderful journey for the film, especially when you look at those box office numbers.

Mostly I was stoked to see an old college buddy, “Cold Weather” producer Brendan McFadden.  He and director Aaron Katz are still working on that werewolf buddy cop script we told you about recently, and there’s a western in the cards, too.  Here’s hoping those ambitious projects take off.

Speaking of long journeys, after a quick stop by the HBO documentaries party at the Four Seasons (where I tried to suss out the winners in those fields, to no avail) it was off to Soho House and The Weinstein Company’s toast to their nominees, chief among them: “The King’s Speech.” And I have to say, I was really looking forward to it.

The first interview Tom Hooper, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush did for the film was our 45-minute sit-down in Telluride.  That was way back in early September, and throughout the circuit, beyond a brief hello to Firth at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, our paths haven’t crossed again.

Firth remembers that early season chat because it was the calm before the storm, the beginning of a press tour which would go up several notches a week later in Toronto.  So I was eager to hear from him here at the end of things.

“It’s not a terrible thing for one to be fatigued,” he said.  “It just means you’ve done something that people are responding to.”  A gracious way of putting it for a guy who has been exhausting the circuit for two straight years.  And he has remained as graceful as possible, every step of the way.  He’ll be an Oscar winner we can be proud of, I think.

Also at the party were Tom Hooper and Helena Bonham Carter (with hubby Tim Burton in tow).  I didn’t manage to speak to either but I did find myself at the bar with the film’s delightful costume designer Jenny Beaven.  She last won an Oscar 20 years ago for “A Room with a View,” ironically enough, Carter’s first film.  Beaven says, by way of compliment, that the actress hasn’t changed one bit in all that time.

The party was still jumping when I left after midnight (just as Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio were showing up).  Jeremy Piven was mingling about.  As was “Get Low” director (and newly awarded Indie Spirit winner) Aaron Schneider.  (Rush did not attend, as he was back in New York where he is still doing a play.  He’s just flying in for the Oscars tonight.)  Who knows how long it went into the night?  But it was definitely the place to be on Oscar eve — well, the place to be of those that will allow riff-raff like me through the door, anyway.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go prepare myself to be wrong all over the place.  (Seriously, much of the night was spent trying to nail down this or that, but this is a weird, tough race to call.)

[The Weinstein Company]




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  • 1 2-27-2011 at 11:24 am

    daveylow said...

    Kris, Rush is doing his play right now in Brooklyn, NY. I saw him do it last Sunday. He’s very good in the Gogol play, but I didn’t care for the production.

  • 2 2-27-2011 at 11:33 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Oh, I thought he was still in Sidney. Must have glossed over it.

  • 3 2-27-2011 at 12:01 pm

    Afrika said...

    What a lovely read. It made me feel all fuzzy inside especially the parts about Aronofsky and HBC.

  • 4 2-27-2011 at 12:52 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    This is so not the point, I know, but I think Ms. Bonham Carter had already filmed “Lady Jane” when she was cast in “A Room with a View,” though the James Ivory movie was released first. At least that’s how Ivory and Ismail Merchant make it sound on the commentary track for “A Room with a View.” Bad segue: I’m beginning to think “The Social Network” might actually have a chance of winning best picture tonight because of the ranked voting system. That would be sweet. The “Inception,” “Black Swan,” and “The Fighter” fans might push “The Social Network” over the 50 percent mark.

  • 5 2-27-2011 at 1:16 pm

    daveylow said...

    I want Beaven to win tonight, even if her costumes weren’t the most dazzling.

    I hope King’s Speech fans aren’t going to be disappointed tonight. Hard to say.

  • 6 2-27-2011 at 1:52 pm

    DarkLayers said...

    Frank Lee, I think “Fighter” fans may prefer “King’s Speech” because they’re both focused on acting and with heart.

  • 7 2-27-2011 at 1:58 pm

    Speaking English said...

    This “Fighter” fan prefers “Social Network,” because both films share the same propulsive, jolting rhythm.