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US News French Oscars academy board resigns after Polanski row

08:40  14 february  2020
08:40  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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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

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

The Cesar Academy came under fire after Roman Polanski's new film topped the list of nominations for this year's awards © CHARLY TRIBALLEAU The Cesar Academy came under fire after Roman Polanski's new film topped the list of nominations for this year's awards 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.

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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

The resignation of the entire César Academy board follows demands for "profound reform". The entire board of the César Academy , which distributes France's equivalent of the Oscars , has resigned following The Polish- French director fled the US after his rape conviction in the 1970s, and has

"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.

Roman Polanski wearing a suit and tie: 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 © Thomas SAMSON 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 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.

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.

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The French film academy says their unanimous resignation was to honour the filmmakers and ‘regain serenity’ of the festival. Polanski launched his new film in France last year just days after a French actress accused him of having raped her in 1975, when she was 18 years old, during a ski holiday in

Polanski has also been accused by over a dozen women of sexual misconduct — some dating back years — recently, as the result of the MeToo movement. In addition to the drama over Polanski , another conflict was shaking the Cesars. A recent column signed by hundreds of film professionals

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.

Roman Polanski receives a 'Zloty Glan' award before a screening of his lates movie 'An Officer and a Spy' during Cinergia Film Festival in Lodz, Poland on 29 November, 2019. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images) © Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto Roman Polanski receives a 'Zloty Glan' award before a screening of his lates movie 'An Officer and a Spy' during Cinergia Film Festival in Lodz, Poland on 29 November, 2019. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images) 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.

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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