As The Buzz went to press, Weinstein, who co-founded Miramax with his brother, Bob, was getting ready for his annual Max Awards party, a celebrity-heavy soiree on Oscar eve. No doubt, he was also expecting to have another successful Academy Awards night, his last as co-head of Miramax, which the brothers Weinstein built into a mini-major powerhouse.
"The Aviator," a sweeping biopic about Howard Hughes, was the frontrunner for best picture, one of its 11 nominations. The studio pulled in 20 total nominations for the 77th Annual Academy Awards, including seven for "Finding Neverland."
Weinstein won't be able to take the Miramax label with him post-Disney, but he'll still have what Hollywood insiders call uncanny instincts for picking winners. Not a bad rock on which to build a new business.