She's a former first lady, senator and secretary of state, but does Hillary Clinton have magical Oscar-winning powers too? Mega producer Harvey Weinstein hinted at such when the two appeared together Wednesday night at the Kennedy Center promoting Weinstein's new movie, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
"A long time ago she was with us on the night of 'Shakespeare in Love' and that movie went on to win the Oscar for best picture so maybe, here we are 20 years later, as my grandma would say, 'you never know,'" Weinstein told the crowd. (Clinton attended the world premiere of "Shakespeare" back in Dec. 1998, so not quite 20 years.)
Clinton, sporting a vibrant kelly green pantsuit, stood off to the side with actress Naomie Harris and director Justin Chadwick.
Earlier in the program, Clinton took the podium along with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Secretary of State Colin Powell to praise the film and tell their own Nelson Mandela stories. Weinstein celebrated the Republicans, too.
"It gives me great pleasure to see Madame Secretary on stage with General Powell and Sen. McCain, these are three great heroes of our nation and let's treat them fantastically because they've been so great for our country," he gushed. "And coming today and supporting this movie is an incentive to filmmakers to say we don't have to make comic book superhero movies, we can make movies that inspire," Weinstein continued.
This is the second time in a month, Washington has given a boost to "Mandela," a biopic of South Africa's first black president. President Barack Obama hosted a screening of the film at the White House on Nov. 7, inviting two of Mandela's daughters, Zindzi and Zenani. Harris and Chadwick attended that event, too, along with star Idris Elba, producer Anant Singh, Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman and, of course, Weinstein.