Lights, Camera, Sexual Assault!
After one of the biggest scandals to ever hit Tinseltown, longtime Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator, Harvey Weinstein, had his Academy membership revoked and was banned from attending Sunday's Oscars 2018 award ceremonies. This year also marks the first time in more than a decade that none of Weinstein's projects or productions were nominated for a single Oscar.
Who is making these decisions?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is made up of about 8,400 actors, directors. writers, and other prominent members of the film industry. The Academy's 54 elected leaders, called the Academy Board of Governors, selects the Oscar nominees. After that, ballots are sent out to rest of the Academy, results are tallied, and the winners are announced live during the Oscars ceremony.
What does the Academy and its Board of Governors have to do with Harvey Weinstein?
- According to the New York Times, at least 10 Academy governors have worked on films that Harvey Weinstein produced or his studio released.
- Several of Weinstein's dearest (former) friends and collaborators are currently members of the Academy.
- Many of Weinstein's "close personal friends" such as industry titans Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep, were among the "champions" who stood up against sexual harassment and the exploitation of women at the Oscar ceremony Sunday.
"Where were all of those people 5, 10, 20 years ago?" asked Doc Thompson in the video above. "The so-called casting couch path to stardom has been, and continues to be, one of Hollywood's worst kept secrets, and the same mega-stars who remained silent and sat by idly for decades while this happened are now standing up on red carpets pretending to be the champions of this cause .... It is an unbelievably hollow display of hypocrisy and self-righteousness."
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