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|Morally speaking, do you agree with Roman Polanski's Best Director win in 2003?|
|Yes, the art should be separated from the artist||2 votes (100.00%)|
|No, he's a fugitive from the law and shouldn't be rewarded||0 votes (0.00%)|
February 11, 2020 at 1:26 pm #1203343200
In my opinion, a high profile prestigious honour should not be given to someone with such a chequered past regardless of merit. However, some people still say you should separate the art from the artist. What do you think? Clearly the French Film Academy don’t care as they nominated his most recent picture for 12 Cesar awards lol.February 11, 2020 at 1:31 pm #1203343215
I’m very torn. But the simple answer is – yes. I still remember so many innocent people getting blacklisted from making art in Hollywood for being homosexuals, socialists in the past. I think their personal life shouldn’t interfere with their contributions.
Of course, we’re talking about a guy who’s more in line with a sexual predator – in his case, it’s shameful what he did, but imagine if someone is wrongly accused only to be acquited years later.February 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm #1203343390
I personally would’ve rewarded The Pianist for Best Picture as well, but that’s just me.February 11, 2020 at 4:06 pm #1203343404
This might sound hypocritical, but there are times when I believe art can be separated from the artist, and there are times when it can’t. For me, Polanski is a case where it can’t. He raped a child. And unlike the Casey Affleck situation, everybody knows the details, everybody knows he’s guilty, and everybody knows that he’s a fugitive. I can be willing to overlook bad behavior if the quality really is there, for someone as shitty as Polanski, I can’t.February 11, 2020 at 4:34 pm #1203343435
I like the audacity of this win. It was a genuine shocker.February 11, 2020 at 6:33 pm #1203343539
No, I do not agree with Polansk’s win.February 11, 2020 at 6:39 pm #1203343552
The Pianist is one of my favorite movie of the decade. It should have won best picture as well.February 11, 2020 at 7:16 pm #1203343587
It is hypocritical that they awarded Polanski an Oscar and gave him a standing ovation but yet act like Trump is the worse person ever because he wants a secure border. 1/2 of these same people turned a blind eye to Harvey Weinstein’s sick actions which went on for years. Hollywood is a very hypocritical group which is why people despise so much when they preach or go into politics when accepting an award. The problem is the messenger, not that politics are being brought up.February 11, 2020 at 7:46 pm #1203343616
I would have given Rob Marshall the Oscar for Directing as he deserved it and he would have been the first openly gay man to win, I believe. I would have given Best Picture to The Pianist. I felt like The Pianist and The Hours were the two best films nominated for Best Picture. As for giving Roman Polanski the Oscar for Director, I would separate the art from the personal life, but I wouldn’t have voted for him because I like splitting Picture and Director.
The problem is that if you start connecting the personal life and rewarding the movie, then where would you stop? Do you start rescinding awards as well? There are a number of people who’ve won or been nominated who’ve been accused of saying or doing derogatory/terrible things, so do you ban them from getting nominated as well?February 11, 2020 at 7:52 pm #1203343629
Of course – it’s an award for an artistic achievement, not being a great human.February 11, 2020 at 8:12 pm #1203343655
I usually feel detached and distant towards culture as a whole most of the time, so maybe I’m not as outraged and offended as I should be.February 11, 2020 at 8:58 pm #1203343694
Receiving an Academy Award is far more than just the best work, it’s something that change filmmakers careers every year. That being said, Roman Polanski is a CONVICTED rapist. He should not have be able to do a film at first point, so rewarding him is truly an absurd. And it’s not like he did the best work by far, Chicago is also a very directing piece of work for instance. So no! I don’t agree in any way. It’s the worst thing that ever happened in the history of Oscars, period.
It's about the chaotic editing in Moulin Rouge!February 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm #1203343700
There’s a difference between controversial/morally wrong political beliefs and supporting a bad person (cough ScarJo cough) and actually inflicting harm on someone. Roman Polanski should have never been allowed to participate in awards season again. He’s a rapist, a criminal, and a fugitive. I’m repulsed that Europe still doesn’t seem to care.
Same thing goes for Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey: all of them. If any of them ever come back to the Oscars I will never watch the ceremony again. The good news is that in the MeToo era that won’t happen anymore. The academy is being held to a higher standard now, and thank God for that!
John's Best of 2020
Best Picture: Soul
Best Direction: The Midnight Sky
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman
Best Actress: Viola Davis
Best Supporting Actor: Delroy Lindo
Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried
Best Screenplay: Soul
John's Best of 2021
Best Picture: Nomadland
Best Direction: Nomadland
Best Actor: Lakeith Stanfield
Best Actress: Frances McDormand
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya
Best Supporting Actress: Dominique Fishback
Best Screenplay: Judas and the Black MessiahFebruary 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm #1203343702
I will not lie and say that The Pianist is a bad film because it is a masterpiece if you ask me, but I truly enjoyed Chicago. I thought that film was a node to older musicals from the 40s-60s. I would have easily given Best Director to Rob Marshall.
Roman should have never been given the opportunity to create The Pianist. But he has support. Look at how Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christolph Waltz, and John C Reilly supported Polanski after all of the information was out there. That shocked me even more. Hollywood supported him because many of them are abusers themselves. Harvey Weinstein wrote a open letter to support Polanski. That tells you how Hollywood works.
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