Harvey Weinstein uttered the “O” word Monday at the preem of Miramax Films’ “Chocolat,” at the Academy. “There’s a big Oscar push behind this,” he said, adding that even though Miramax has two others it considers Oscar contenders — “All the Pretty Horses” and “Malena,” — the night belonged to “Chocolat.”
“I saw the book two years ago. It has an irresistible combination: food, sex, passion and comedy,” the Miramax topper said.
Helmer Lasse Hallstrom thought the story had a Swedish touch. “It’s like a smorgasbord with a little bit of everything,” he said.
And as for star Juliette Binoche, the chocolate theme won her over. “I loved chocolate before I knew a sin was a sin, before I knew right from wrong, black and white,” she said.
Among the crowd enjoying chocolate confections provided by Godiva at the after-party in the Acad lobby were stars Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lena Olin; producer David Brown (who warned the audience “this movie is fattening”) with Helen Gurley-Brown; author Joanne Harris; and guests Maria Bello, Selma Blair, Salma Hayek, Sharon Lawrence, Ed Norton, Tobey Maguire, Camryn Manheim, Bill Pullman, Judge Reinhold, Kevin Smith and Ethan Suplee.