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Weinstein laments Cold Mountain's best picture snub



Story by: Jack Foley

MIRAMAX boss, Harvey Weinstein, believes that Cold Mountain failed to win a best picture Oscar nod, due to its December release date.

The co-chairman, who has a reputation for producing Oscar-winning epics, claims that Miramax ‘ran out of people who had seen the movie’, as it went about gathering support from Academy Award voters.

This is the first time in 12 years that Weinstein's studio has missed out on a best picture nomination, and the studio head firmly believes that the decision to move the ceremony from March to February, for the first time this year, is responsible.

This is despite the fact that Miramax, as a whole, has 15 nominations overall, for the third year in a row.

Mr Weinstein, however, clearly loves being in the spotlight when the big awards are announced, and feels disappointed that Cold Mountain will not be challenging in many of the major categories, including best actress (in which Nicole Kidman was snubbed), or best director.

Jude Law and Renee Zellweger will contest the best actor and best supporting actress categories, however.

Despite this, he maintains that the film’s Christmas release in the US has cost it dearly.

Apart from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, every other best picture nominee was released before December.

"With the early [Oscar voting] this year, we fell short," he explained. "There's a lot to do for Academy members and I don't know how many members we got to."

Weinstein has already acted to ensure there is not a repeat of the episode next year, however, and has already brought forward the release of Neverland, starring Johnny Depp, to October, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, to November, to ensure they are firmly in the running for the 2005 Oscar nominations.

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