Miramax Offices Close – The End of An Era

I hear on the grapevine though that the Weinsteins, who were bought out of Miramax years ago and started their own company – The Weinstein Company, are still trying to get the name back. I hope they do.

All through the 90s and early 00s Miramax, under the Weinsteins, pretty much dominated the Academy Awards.

Let’s start in 1992 (although their first success at the Oscars was 1989’s My Left Foot)

In 1992 we saw The Crying Game receive 6 Academy Award nominations and one win for Best Original Screenplay. They Also had Enchanted April, which went in with two nominations.

In 1993 they had The Piano, which was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and went on to win three – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Jane Campion was also only the second woman to be nominated for Best Director.

In 1994 they had Pulp Fiction which was up for 7 Academy Awards and won one – Best Original Screenplay and Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, which was up for seven Academy Awards (but not Best Picture) and won one – Best Supporting Actress.

In 1995 they had Il Postino which was up for five awards and won for Best Score. They also had Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite which was up for Best Original Screenplay and won Best Supporting Actress. As well as Restoration which won Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.

1996 was their first really big year with The English Patient – which was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and went on to win nine. Emma won Best Score – Comedy/Musical and Trainspotting was up for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 1997 they had the little film that could – Good Will Hunting – launching the careers of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon who took home the Best Original Screenplay award. The film was up for a total of nine awards – winning two. Tarantino’s Jackie Brown was up for Best Supporting Actor, The Wings of the Dove was up for four awards.

1998 was probably one of their biggest Academy year. Shakespeare in Love was nominated for 12 awards – winning 7 including Best Picture and Best Actress.

Life is Beautiful was up for 7 awards – including Best Picture, and went on to win three – Best Actor, Best Foreign Film and Best Dramatic Score. Velvet Goldmine was up for Best Costume Design.

In 1999 Music of the Heart was up for two awards, The Talented Mr. Ripely was up for five awards and The Cider House Rules was up for seven awards, including Best Picture, winning two for Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 2000 Malèna was up for two awards and Chocolat was up for five awards.

In 2001 Bridget Jones’s Diary was up for Best Actress, Amélie was up for five awards, Iris was up for three acting awards, winning Best Supporting Actor.

2002 was another big year – Gangs of New York was up for nine awards, The Hours was also up for nine, winning for Best Actress and Chicago was up for 13 awards, winning 6.

In 2003 Cold Mountain was nominated for seven awards (but not Best Picture) and won for Best Supporting Actress. Master and Commander – The Far Side of the World was up for ten awards and won two.

In 2004 The Aviator was up for 11 awards and won 5, Finding Neverland was up for 7 awards and won one.

In 2005 Cinderella Man was up for three awards, but not Best Picture.

In 2006 The Queen was up for six awards, winning Best Actress. Venus was up for Best Actor.

In 2007 Gone Baby Gone was up for Best Supporting Actress, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was up for four awards, There Will Be Blood was up for 8, winning two and No Country For Old Men was also up for 8, winning four.

In 2008 Doubt was up for four awards, but not Best Picture and failed to win any.

This year the only film they really have that’s Oscar worth is Adventureland, but they don’t seem to think so, as there wasn’t much of a campaign for it.

Perhaps if the Weinsteins can get Miramax back things will begin to look up for them again, but if not this is a sad farewell indeed.


About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

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