Last night at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment cocktail party, Vulture managed to coax veteran Oscar player Harvey Weinstein into a little bit of awards prognostication. “I’ll tell you the movie that I love the most. I love George Clooney’s movie, The Ides of March,” he admitted. “I love politics, and this movie is the best political movie — it’s gotta be right up there with the best of the best. Seriously, it is the toughest, most incisive, no-bullshit movie I’ve seen this year. And [Ryan] Gosling hits it out of the ballpark. And the entire cast is great. Clooney just nailed it. It’s an appropriate movie for these times. So Oscar prediction? That that gets nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.” Added Weinstein, “And it’s not mine.” What is Weinstein’s is the silent film stealth sleeper The Artist, for which he’s pushing hard for nominations in — you guessed it — Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Someone’s been casing out the friendly competition!