Via Twitter, Vice President Joseph Biden's office says that "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell and star Bradley Cooper agree with him "on the importance of acceptance, understanding, and access to treatment for those with mental illness."
They met today in Washington, only the latest in a line of Oscar contenders that have garnered D.C. attention.
Harvey Weinstein, whose company distributed "Silver Linings" and who was a prominent supporter and fundraiser for President Obama's re-election, has been working to elevate the movie's impact on issues of mental health.
Russell has been speaking publicly about his own son's struggle with mood disorders. He said on "Today" earlier this week, "Nothing comes easily to him, and that makes your heart bigger. It was a very healing thing to have written the movie ... I learned a great deal about resilience and about the relationship between the father and the son."
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