It’s already getting Oscar buzz and, on Wednesday, The Weinstein Company’s upcoming film, Lion, got a presidential salute.
Former President Bill Clinton attended the New York City premiere of the movie — a touching account of an Indian-born adoptee's search to find his birth family, adapted from the memoir of A Long Way Home author Saroo Brierley — as the guest of Lion executive producer and Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein. The premiere marks Clinton's first high-profile appearance since Hillary Clinton's concession last week.
Weinstein acknowledged Clinton’s presence during his opening remarks, saying: "Last Tuesday, we suffered a nightmare as a country. I’ve seen…the hate crimes, and the prejudice against women…and the progress people made on climate control, all of that starting to be peeled away. But as long as my friend is here with me, and with the American people, then I don’t think we’re going to have to worry. We’re going to have to fight, but at least we’ve got someone who is an inspiration."
Following his speech, Weinstein introduced Clinton to Lion stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Bose and Sunny Pawar , Pawar's father, Dilip, and the real Brierley and his parents, Sue and John.