Less than a week after The Artist swept the Oscars, legendary producer Harvey Weinstein — who bought the silent, black-and-white French production back in 2011 — was awarded France’s highest distinction, the Legion d’Honneur. After hearing the news, Weinstein remarked that, “I am still the young boy who walked two miles to The Mayfair movie theater in Flushing to see films by the greats: Lelouch, Godard, Renoir and my personal favorite Francois Truffaut.” He is now in the company of such Hollywood luminaries and fellow Legion d’Honneur recipients as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, and only the world’s best-known silent film star, Charlie Chaplin. Formidable, Harvey!
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Producer Harvey Weinstein attends the “Les Bien-Aimes” premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) Photo: Jason Kempin/2012 Getty Images