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French 'Oscars' administration resigns to permit cinema a ‘celebration’ after protests over Roman Polanski & accusations of elitism

French 'Oscars' management resigns to allow cinema a ‘celebration’ after protests over Roman Polanski & accusations of elitism


The “collective resignation” of the administration group behind the Cesars Awards has been introduced simply two weeks earlier than the ceremony, following protests over elitism and nominations given to statutory rapist Roman Polanski.

In explaining their leaving the Cesars solely 15 days earlier than the precise ceremony, the board managing the prizes for the French Academy of Arts and Know-how of Cinema defined they’re strolling away to “honor those that made cinema in 2019, to regain serenity and make the cinema pageant a celebration.”

An entire renewal of administration is deliberate. The administration change doesn’t seem to have affected the beforehand introduced nominations. 

The overhaul of management follows the controversy surrounding the Cesars lavishing 12 award nominations on J’accuse (also referred to as An Officer and a Spy) — the newest movie from 86-year-old Roman Polanski, a celebrated director who has been wished within the US for many years for the rape of a 13-year-old lady.

Polanski has additionally been accused by over a dozen girls of sexual misconduct — some courting again years — not too long ago, as the results of the MeToo motion. Polanski has denies the claims and argued that a few of them have been promoted by MeToo villain Harvey Weinstein.

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An open letter from a number of feminist teams to the press known as out the Cesars for his or her recognition of Polanski’s work. The teams collectively in contrast Polanski to Weinstein, an influential Hollywood movie producer presently on trial for rape within the US, and stated the Academy was providing its “unconditional assist to a fugitive rapist.”

Along with the drama over Polanski, one other battle was shaking the Cesars. A current column signed by a whole lot of movie professionals additionally known as for “in-depth” reform within the Cesar ranks as a result of “elitist and closed functioning” has prevented range.

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French tradition at first appeared extra apprehensive of the MeToo motion than america. In 2018, French actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 different distinguished girls signed a public letter condemning the hysterics of #MeToo, saying it “takes on a hatred of males and sexuality.”

Polanski continued to work and face solely minimal protests in Europe, whereas main Hollywood celebrities like Kevin Spacey, Weinstein, administrators Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner, and plenty of others discovered themselves pariahs inside their very own industries, fired from almost full tasks like Home of Playing cards and Bohemian Rhapsody and, at occasions, dealing with felony expenses, regardless of whether or not the accusations discovered any affirmation or have been later dropped.  

A normal meeting will happen following the Cesar ceremony on February 28 the place “modernized measures” will probably be mentioned to enhance the promotion of cinema. 

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