John Oliver Calls Out Oscars Hypocrisy After Weinstein's Ousting: What About Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Casey Affleck?

Hollywood took a decisive stand against Harvey Weinstein's alleged predatory behavior Saturday when the governing body behind the Academy Awards voted to expel him from its ranks.

In ostracizing Weinstein, the mogul who has guided movies such as Shakespeare in Love and The Artist to Oscars success, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said "that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over."

That is positive news for the women who have alleged sexual misconduct, including rape, by the movie producer.

But on Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight on HBO, Emmy award–winning host John Oliver found some flaws in the academy's decision.

"Finally, the group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who has treated women badly and kicked him out," Oliver said.

"So, congratulations, Hollywood," Oliver added sarcastically. "See you at the next Oscars, where—and this is true—Casey Affleck will be presenting best actress."

Oliver's criticism, of course, refers to the troubled legal histories of Polanski, Cosby, Gibson and Affleck.

Polanski, 84, fled the U.S. for Europe in 1978 after pleading guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl. The director has continued to make films that have been feted by the academy. In 2003, he was awarded best director at the Oscars for The Pianist.

Cosby, the star of the iconic 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, has himself in recent years been subject to a string of sexual misconduct allegations, including rape, dating back to 1965. Model Janice Dickinson and actor Michelle Hurd are among those who have accused Cosby, 80, of misconduct.

Gibson was ostracized from Hollywood in the mid-2000s for making anti-Semitic comments. The 61-year-old actor-director was given a reprieve in 2016 when his World War II epic, Hacksaw Ridge, received positive reviews and numerous Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director.

Sexual harassment allegations against Affleck, first noted in lawsuits in 2010, re-emerged earlier in 2017 when Affleck was nominated for, and then won, best actor at the Oscars for his role in Manchester by the Sea. The actor, 42, was sued by both a producer and cinematographer on the set of his 2010 film I'm Still Here and settled both cases.

As the best actor winner, Affleck is expected to present the best actress award at next year's Academy Awards, as is tradition. At the 2017 ceremony, the 2016 best actress winner Brie Larson—who played a sexual assault survivor in Room—presented him best actor but did not applaud him. She later told Vanity Fair that "whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself."

Notably, Oliver did not mention Woody Allen on Last Week Tonight. Allen, another filmmaker whose personal life has often clouded his professional one, was accused in 1992 of molesting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, a charge he denies.

John Oliver Calls Out Oscars Hypocrisy After Weinstein's Ousting: What About Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Casey Affleck? | Culture
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