Harvey Weinstein Hired an Obama Campaign Vet to Try to Get Silver Linings an Oscar

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.”

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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    I could give less then a damn what any of the Hollywood liberal do But I was surprised that they would even bring this up at a time when our current commander and thief is about as inept as Jimmy Carter was dealing with world problems , I think Obama said Iran and maybe N.Korea are little countries that pose no threat to America LOL
    Obama the appeaser needs to read a history book to see what his actions will bring us in a few months or yrs .. The Iranians wee in total control until Inauguration day they allowed the hostages to go free just less then an Hr before Reagan took the oath.. Like with Little Bush the radicals of the world tended to leave us alone until Obama was tested and he failed.. Peace through strength is all these people understand.. In their eyes this country is full of weakened wimps . And Until Obama showed his real colors I figured there could never be a MAN as weak and chicken as Jimmy Carter was a total wimp with a yellow streak up his back a mile wide

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