The Bagger talks about the closed and open races. But it’s interesting because he’s talking about how lacking the Oscar race is now that Best Pic is done and delivered.
How can we liven this baby up?
”It must have been the hand of Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack, because Elie Wiesel asked to see me after the screening and he hugged me and said how much he loved the movie.” (Wiesel, through his agent, declined to comment.) But suggest that mining affection for Minghella and Pollack could help The Reader, and Weinstein gets irked. ”People who say things like that underestimate Academy members,” he barks, then adds, ”But maybe your theory’s correct, because Anthony and Sydney are going to win.”