Free Film School #37: The Indie Boom of the 1990s

CO - On Sunday, The Artist won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Artist was produced by a man named Harvey Weinstein, whom you've probably heard of. Harvey Weinstein is one of the more powerful producers in Hollywood, and co-founded one of the major studio players, Miramax Films, in the 1980s. Weinstein is known for not only his business savvy, and his bullish behavior at film festivals, but for his ancillary connection to hugely ubiquitous ad campaigns surrounding certain Best Picture hopefuls. Of the films he produced or executive produced, many have been nominated for Best Picture and several (Shakespeare in Love, Slumdog Millionaire, The English Patient, Chicago, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) have won.

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