From the “now it can be told” files: Even though Hollywood more or less called the Oscar race over three weeks ago for Argo, Harvey Weinstein and his Silver Linings Playbook weren’t going down without a fight. In fact, Vulture has learned that in order to help increase the profile of David O. Russell’s Best Picture nominee, the Weinstein Company reached out to somebody who helped write the playbook for another recent big winner. He retained the counsel of Stephanie Cutter, a former top presidential aide and deputy campaign manager of Obama for America 2012.
Nobody announced her participation in the SLP campaign, and to the casual observer, she just seemed like another Beltway insider who just happened to be moved to frequently declare her love for the movie on Twitter, writing on February 14, “We’re a little over a week away from Oscars. Check out the making of Silver Linings Playbook. Love this movie” (and then providing a link to the trailer). Or “Oscar week – who are you routing [sic] for?” with a link to an article about SLP a week later. And for a web extra Q&A for ABC’s This Week, she was asked her favorite film. “We’re in Oscar season so I’m gonna talk about my favorite film this year,” she said. “My favorite is actually Silver Linings Playbook. That it’s so real and identifiable to everybody in life.”