PARIS, July 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Actress Emmanuelle Seigner on Sunday rejected an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a column in which she slammed the “hypocrisy” of a group that expelled her husband Roman Polanski two months ago.
Seigner, from France, is one of 928 artists and executives which the Academy, best known for giving the Oscars movie awards, last month invited to become members.
The Academy expelled Oscar-winning Polanski in May for violating a conduct code it had adopted following hundreds of accusations of sexual harassment or assault in the entertainment industry.
“How can I ignore the fact that a few weeks ago the Academy expelled my husband, Roman Polanski, in an attempt to appease the zeitgeist – the very same Academy which in 2002 awarded him an Oscar for The Pianist! A curious case of amnesia!” Seigner said in the column published in France’s Le Journal du Dimanche.
“The Academy probably thinks I am enough of a spineless, social climbing actress that I would forget that I have been married for the past 29 years to one of the world’s greatest directors,” she said, denouncing what she called “insufferable hypocrisy.”
Polanski, 84, who won the best director Oscar in 2003 for “The Pianist,” had in 1977 admitted to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles.
Polanski and television star Bill Cosby, who had been members since 1969 and 1996 respectively, were the first known members expelled for violating the Academy’s new code of conduct.
The entertainment industry is grappling with misconduct allegations that have led to dozens of politicians, businessmen and entertainers stepping down or being dropped from creative projects, sparking the #MeToo social movement and the Time’s Up campaign against workplace harassment and equal pay.
Seigner, 52, well known in France for movies that included Polanski’s “Based on a True Story” and “Venus in Fur” movies, said she felt offended by the offer to join the Academy.
“As for the members of the Academy, I have only one thing to say to them: this is one woman you won’t have,” she wrote in the piece, made available to Reuters in English but with a French headline: “Non merci!”
LOS ANGELES, March 5 – (Reuters) — The Academy Awards, or Oscars, the highest honours in the movie industry, were handed out late Sunday at a ceremony in Hollywood hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
Following is a list of winners in key categories for the awards:
The Shape of Water
Gary Oldman: Darkest Hour
Frances McDormand: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Guillermo del Toro: The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney: I, Tonya
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name
Best Animated Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman: Chile
Remember Me: Coco