The Cesar Awards are coming right up, but even though Roman Polanski received 12 nominations this year, he might want to think about skipping the ceremony because he’s not quite as popular as those 12 nominations suggest. Turns out, it’s not just a bunch of uptight feminists who have gotten their unsexy underwear in a bunch and have objections about the continued celebration of a man who admitted to the statutory rape of a child (not to mention the more recent allegations against him). According to The National, the entire board of the Cesar Awards organization has quit, en masse, in protest of his nomination as well as their ongoing frustrations over the organization’s “opaque decision-making process” and lack of diversity. This decision by the board comes on the heels of an open letter published in Le Monde which was signed by over 400 film professionals who all said fuck. this. shit.
According to The National:
The entire leadership of the Cesar Awards, France’s version of the Oscars, has stepped down in a spat over both its opaque decision-making process and controversial director Roman Polanski, whose new film leads this year’s nominations.
The decision by the academy’s influential board to resign en masse came Thursday evening, just two weeks before the 2020 award ceremony on Friday, February 28.
“To honour the 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 decided to resign unanimously,” the academy said in a statement.
“This collective decision will allow complete renewal,” it added.
The unprecedented walk out comes just days after hundreds of French cinema figures published an open letter in newspaper Le Monde, branding the Cesar Academy “a vestige of an era that we would like to be over.“ They claimed in the letter to have “no voice” in how the “elitist and closed system” operates.
According to Variety, the board is not responsible for nominations. Roman’s 12 nominations for An Officer and A Spy (J’accuse) come “from the 4313 members who pre-selected it” which many in the French film industry say “underscore the urgent need to welcome younger, more diverse members, as well as more women.” The National notes that unlike with the BAFTAs, the Oscars and the European Academy of Cinema, “the 4,700 members of the academy” don’t get to vote on who represents them in the nomination process. Imagine being such an embarrassment to your entire industry (save for a few loyal old cronies who can’t understand why people got so sensitive about a little casual rape all of a sudden) that you become the poster child for a complete upheaval of its most prestigious governing organization. That’s how shitty Roman Polanski is. It’s actually quite impressive. I hereby nominate him for 12 “Fuck This Guy” awards. no, actually, make it 13.