23 February 2012 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A living Hollywood legend is bouncing back from his troubles towards the Oscars, with an enhanced reputation for good taste

On Sunday, one man's name will be invoked in Oscar acceptance speeches even more frequently than mom, America and the Almighty. Or at least, one of his monikers will be. At last month's Golden Globes, Meryl Streep referred to him as "God"; Madonna as "the punisher". For Thomas Langmann, the French producer of The Artist, he was simply "le boss".

Harvey Weinstein's producer credit on films such as The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn, and W.E. has earned him his 303rd Oscar nomination. Surely it's only a matter of time before the academy fires up the foundry and remodels the award itself in his generous image.

Forget an honorary gong – and word is Weinstein wouldn't mind an Irving G Thalberg memorial award, handed out periodically by the academy »

- Catherine Shoard

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