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  Harvey Weinstein receives British Film Institute's highest accolade

As Hollywood alumni returned home following the first Visiting Scholar Seminar Series, a famous UB alumnus was about to be feted by the British Film Institute (BFI).

On October 20, in London, Miramax cochairmen Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob, received the BFI's highest accolade when they received BFI Fellowships for outstanding contributions to cinema. This marked the first time the BFI Fellowships were awarded to studio heads.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow presented the award to Harvey Weinstein at the National Film Theatre (NFT) on the occasion of the NFT's 50th anniversary gala. His brother did not attend the ceremony. Hosted by Mariella Frostrup and sponsored by Renault and United International Pictures, the gala was followed by dinner at the Savoy.

Miramax films produced under the Weinsteins's leadership include the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love and The English Patient, in addition to such acclaimed and popular successes as Chocolat and The Cider House Rules.

Previous recipients of BFI Fellowships include such diverse talents as Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood, Akira Kurosawa, Elizabeth Taylor, Satyajit Ray, Robert Altman, Bernardo Bertolucci, Gérard Depardieu, Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave and Maggie Smith.

In September 2000, Harvey Weinstein, a former English major, returned to UB to accept an honorary SUNY doctorate of humane letters. He was cited for his "invaluable contributions as a pioneer in independent film distribution and as a powerful advocate of artistic innovation and exploration."

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