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Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski expelled from Oscars academy

Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski expelled from Oscars academy

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Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski have been expelled from the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.The academy - which runs the Oscars - said this was done in accordance with its standards of conduct.TV star Cosby was convicted of sexual assault last month. Oscar-winning director Polanski admitted statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.Producer Harvey Weinstein was kicked out last year, following numerous allegations of sexual assault. Less than a year after the downfall of the producer the #MeToo movement is catching up with other men who abused their power, the BBC's James Cook in Los Angeles reports.Neither Cosby nor Polanski have publicly reacted to the academy's decision.Cosby's wife, Camille, described his conviction as "mob justice, not real justice"."This tragedy must b...
Trump on Oscars: The only star is your President

Trump on Oscars: The only star is your President

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Donald Trump has ridiculed the Academy Awards, suggesting that the ceremony suffered its lowest-ever TV ratings because "we don't have stars anymore".An all-time low 26.5m viewers tuned in for Sunday night's show, a 19% drop from last year.Taking the opportunity to criticise the politically charged event, President Trump tweeted: "Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY."Problem is, we don't have stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!":: The Shape Of Water triumphs at Oscar AwardsLowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018The drop in Oscars viewers continued the trend of progressive disinterest in the awards.According to Nielsen, who published th
Shape of Water and Frances McDormand rule Oscars

Shape of Water and Frances McDormand rule Oscars

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe Shape of Water, about a woman who falls in love with a sea creature, has taken the top honours at the Oscars.Frances McDormand won best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and persuaded every female nominee to stand with her in a night full of statements about inclusion.Britain's Gary Oldman was named best actor for playing Winston Churchill in World War Two epic Darkest Hour.The Shape of Water won the most Oscars with four, including best film.In her acceptance speech, McDormand put her Oscar on the floor in front of her and addressed executives as the female nominees got to their feet. It was one of the most powerful and symbolic moments of the night. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell...
Harvey Weinstein expelled by Oscars Academy

Harvey Weinstein expelled by Oscars Academy

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Film producer Harvey Weinstein has been expelled by the Oscars Academy following accusations of sexual harassment and rape.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has stripped Weinstein's lifetime membership following an emergency meeting on Saturday.The group - which includes names such as Tom Hanks, Annette Bening and Steven Spielberg - said in a statement they had "voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy".:: Harvey Weinstein's accusers, critics and defendersVideo:Special report: Harvey Weinstein's fall from grace The more than 8,000-member group said the film producer, who has been accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape by dozens of women, "does not merit the respect of his colleagues".The statement added ...
Oscars academy to hold talks on Harvey Weinstein

Oscars academy to hold talks on Harvey Weinstein

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The hosts of the Oscars are to hold emergency talks to consider the future role of film mogul Harvey Weinstein following claims of sexual misconduct.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein were "repugnant".Bafta, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has already suspended his membership.Weinstein strongly denies the allegations against him.In another development, police in New York told the BBC they were looking to speak to an individual regarding an allegation against Weinstein dating from 2004. The NYPD did not provide further details.The US academy, which has handed out 81 Oscars to films produced by Weinstein's Miramax studio and the Weinstein Company, said it would meet on Saturday to "discuss the allegations ...