Cesar Academy board resigns over Polanksi row, two weeks ahead of ceremony

The academy had come under fire after Polanski's 'An Officer and a Spy' topped the list of nominations for this year's Cesar awards.

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Polanski has been wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl since 1978 and is persona non grata in Hollywood.
PARIS: The entire board of the Cesar Academy, which awards France's equivalent of the Oscars, resigned Thursday just two weeks ahead of its gala ceremony after more than 200 actors, producers, directors and movie personalities demanded "profound reform".

The academy had come under fire after Roman Polanski's new film 'An Officer and a Spy' topped the list of nominations for this year's Cesar awards, which will be handed out on February 28.

Polanski has been wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl since 1978 and is persona non grata in Hollywood.


"To honour those men and women who made cinema happen in 2019, to find calm and ensure that the festival of film remains just that, a festival, the board... has unanimously decided to resign," the academy said in a statement.

"This collective decision will allow complete renewal of the board," it added.

A general meeting will be held after the upcoming awards ceremony to elect a new board and management who will work on implementing reforms and modernisation, it said.
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The inclusion of Polanski's film on the Cesars' shortlist was condemned by France's equality minister, women's groups and film critics, but the Cesar Academy said it could not be expected to take "moral positions" when evaluating films.
The inclusion of Polanski's film on the Cesars' shortlist was condemned by France's equality minister, women's groups and film critics, but the Cesar Academy said it could not be expected to take "moral positions" when evaluating films.

More than 200 actors, producers, directors and movie personalities denounced the "dysfunction" at the academy and "opaqueness" in its accounts, in an open letter on Wednesday.

They also complained that the founding statutes of the Cesars had not changed in a long time and that the academy's nearly 5,000 members do not get a vote or a say in its decisions.

The academy's board in response said it would ask the National Centre for Cinema, a culture ministry agency, to appoint a mediator to oversee "deep reform" of its statutes and governance.

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The academy had previously announced measures to boost female representation in its membership and representation.

The inclusion of Polanski's film on the Cesars' shortlist was condemned by France's equality minister, women's groups and film critics, but the Cesar Academy said it could not be expected to take "moral positions" when evaluating films.

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A number of French feminist groups have urged Cesar voters to snub Polanski's film, titled "J'accuse" in France, and called for a protest outside the award ceremony, which is to be held in Paris's Salle Pleyel auditorium.

"When we mobilise, things happen!", feminist collective Nous Toutes (All Of Us) wrote on Twitter.

Another group, Osez Le Feminisme (Dare Feminism), said: "Imagine what's next. A new voting panel without male self-confidence, opacity and sexism. Will we finally stop applauding rapists and paedophiles on the run?"

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The 92nd annual Academy Awards were nothing short of a wild ride. With ‘Parasite’ making history by becoming the first ever international film to win the Best Picture honour, to Joaquin Phoenix’s no-holds-barred speech when he was feted with Best Actor award, Oscars 2020 made us laugh, cry, rejoice and go on a roller coaster of emotions.

If you ended up missing the Oscars, fret not. From Natalie Portman wearing a gown with names of all the female directors who were snubbed, to Billie Eilish singing a Kobe Bryant tribute, here are the biggest moments from the star-studded evening.

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Film-maker Bong Joon-ho's class satire 'Parasite' created history at the Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to win the Best Picture award in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards.

The masterfully devious South Korean dark-comedy took Hollywood's top prize, along with awards for Best Director, Best International Film and Best Screenplay.

Multiple standing ovations greeted Bong's several wins.

In a year dominated by period epics - '1917', 'Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood', 'The Irishman' - the film academy instead went overseas, to South Korea, to reward a contemporary and unsettling portrait of social inequality in 'Parasite'.

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Writer-director Bong Joon-Ho made Oscar history, taking home 4 Oscars for his dark comic thriller, 'Parasite'.

The film became the first South Korean film to win an Academy Award in any category.

In capturing the best director Oscar, Bong beat out a cast of previous winners and film legends that included Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes, and he paid tribute to all of them in his acceptance speech.

"When I was in school I studied Martin Scorsese's films. Just to be honoured was a huge honor. I never thought I would win," he said.

"When people in the US were not familiar with my films Quentin always put my films on his list.''

He added he wished he could take a Texas chainsaw and cut the Oscar into five pieces so all the nominees could share it.

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Joaquin Phoenix accepted the award for Best Actor for his film ‘Joker’. The actor took the opportunity to talk about a plethora of issues, ranging from gender inequality, racism to the cancel culture.

"We share the same love, the love of film. This form of expression has given me the most extraordinary life," the actor said before launching into an emotional call for Hollywood to "use our voice for the voiceless" and "fight against injustice."

He ended his speech with a tearful tribute to his brother River, who died of an overdose in 1993 at age 23.

"Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow," Phoenix said, quoting his brother, as he had an emotional moment on stage.

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Renee Zellwegger won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland in the tumultuous final year of her life.

It is Zellweger's second Oscar; she won the supporting actress award in 2004 for 'Cold Mountain'.

Sparkling in an Armani gown, the actress thanked her fellow nominees, calling them out by name and saying, "It is an honor to be considered in your company."

She also dedicated the award to her "immigrant folks."


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Hollywood actor Brad Pitt won his first-ever Oscar for acting and used his A-level humour to make the audience laugh. The 56-year-old actor picked up an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category on Sunday for his role in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'.

The actor started off by taking a jibe at the impeachment hearings. He said, ‘’They told me I have 45 seconds to speak, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.''.

''I'm thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it,’’ he added.

Pitt said the honor had given him reason to reflect on his fairy-tale journey in the film industry, going back to when he moved to Los Angeles from Missouri. ‘’Once upon a time in Hollywood,’’ said Pitt. ‘’Ain't that the truth.''

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Trophies apart, it was also a night of remembrance at the Academy Awards. The Oscars paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and Kirk Douglas, two Academy Award winners who died recently.


It was Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg who anchored this year's In Memoriam tribute. In his speech, the 'Saving Private Ryan' director remembered the departed: "Legends and icons. Our friends and fellow artists, all who have inspired and touched us."


The remembrance segment began with a picture and quote from Bryant: "Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going."

Douglas, also a three-time Oscar nominee, received the lifetime achievement Oscar in 1996. Bryant bagged an Oscar in 2018 when his short film 'Dear Basketball' won the best animated short film.
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