Harvey Weinstein Honors Charlie Chaplin

Harvey Weinstein, Chaplin Granddaughters and an Illustrious Gathering of Stars Celebrate Charlie Chaplin and the Silent Era


At the Feb. 21 black-tie dinner at the Chateau Marmont to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sir Charles Chaplin’s Honorary Academy Award, Jessica Chastain said she’s such a big fan of the silent film star that she named her dog “Chaplin.”

“I have a poster of ‘The Kid’ in my house,” said Chastain, an Academy Award nominee for best supporting actress in “The Help.” “It’s one of my favorite movies. (Chaplin) was a true actor and such an innovator in Hollywood. He was a real game-changer.”

Rose McGowan, a former host on Turner Classic Movies, said she celebrated her last birthday with a screening of the 1932 film, “Call Her Savage,” starring Clara Bow.

“Even my email is named for a character in a Clara Bow movie,” she said.

Cuba Gooding, Jr., an Oscar winner for “Jerry Maguire,” also talked about his interest in the silent era and specifically in making a movie about filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, who began his career in silent films.

Gooding called the celebratory dinner “an opportunity to meet royalty,” referring to Dolores Chaplin and Carmen Chaplin, Sir Charles Chaplin’s granddaughters, who came to Hollywood for the dinner. Presented by the watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, the dinner was co-hosted by Vogue and Harvey Weinstein, whose films this year – “The Iron Lady,” “My Week with Marilyn,” “W.E.,” “Undefeated,” and the silent film, “The Artist” – have been nominated for 16 Academy Awards. 

The illustrious guest list included Kate Bosworth of “Superman Returns” with producer Michael Polish; Laurence Fishburne of “The Matrix;” Jared Leto of “Requiem for a Dream;” Busy Philipps of “Cougar Town;” Julia Ormond of “My Week with Marilyn;” Julie Delpy of “Before Sunrise;”  Danny Huston of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine;” Olga Kurylenko of “Quantum of Solace;” Paz Vega of “Sex and Lucia;” Michael Chieffo of “Beginners;” Jimmy Jean-Louis of “Heroes;” director Ash Balla; Jess Weixler of “The Big Bad Swim;” Christina Moore of “Hawthore;” Lawrence Bender, producer of “Pulp Fiction;” hotelier Andre Balazs; talk show host Chelsea Handler; restaurateur Thierry Klemeniuk; and Alexander Payne, Academy Award nominee as best director for “The Descendants.”

Actors from “The Artist” included James Cromwell, Ed Lauter, Beth Grant and Missi Pyle.

Considering the dinner celebrated one of the greatest all-time silent stars, not surprisingly, “The Artist” became part of the night’s conversations.


So, is “The Artist” going to generate more interest in silent films?

Cromwell said that while he didn’t like contests, such as the Academy Awards, “I figure we’ve won because ‘The Artist’ is an extraordinary picture.” Continuing, he said, “We won because ‘we’re in the room;’ we won because we will  reach more and more people who will see how a story can be told so beautifully, so minimally… and turn out to be as successful as this one.”

“It’s a glorious thing to be part of ‘The Artist,'” said Pyle. “I had heard that a lot of people were not interested in doing the film because the three best roles had already been cast: the dog,  and the two French actors,” and then added, “I’m a character actor. For me, it was a wonderful experience.”

“It took courage,” said Dolores Chaplin “to go back to silent films when everyone is doing 3D.”


There, too, was talk of Oscar fashions.

Never mind that the Oscars are just a few days away. Chastain – who learned of her nomination at the Giorgio Armani Privé fashion show in Paris – said she still hadn’t decided on her gown. “I have three fittings this week,” said the actress.

Pyle, on the other hand, has already chosen. She said she would be wearing an eco-friendly gown, designed by Valentina Delfino, winner of the “Red Carpet Green Dress” competition, held by Suzy Amis Cameron, director James Cameron’s wife. “I had my first fitting today,” she said of the dress made of natural materials with all natural dyes.


Top photo, the dinner celebration at which Harvey Weinstein honors Charlie Chaplin: Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, center, in Elie Saab, with Sir Charles Chaplin’s granddaughters: Carmen Chaplin, left, in Lanvin, and Dolores Chaplin, right, in Dolce & Gabbana (Photo courtesy of WireImage & Jeff Vespa) 

Center photo: Missi Pyle of “The Artist,” who will wear the eco-friendly, winning gown of the “Red Carpet Green Dress” contest to the Academy Awards (Photo courtesy of WireImage & Jeff Vespa)

Bottom photo: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Academy Award winner for “Jerry Maguire” at the dinner celebration at which Harvey Weinstein honors Charlie Chaplin (Photo courtesy of WireImage & Jeff Vespa)



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Harvey Weinstein Honors Charlie Chaplin

Published Feb. 22, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA