Tuesday, April 16, 2024

France Snubs Roman Polanski, Doesn’t Include His “Officer and a Spy” on Short List for Oscar Submissions


France has snubbed Roman Polanski.

The French film academy has submitted a list of titles for their possible Oscar submissions and omitted Polanski’s new “An Office and a Spy.” The film, starring Oscar winner Jean DuJardin, was shown to ovations at the Ve3nice Film Festival. Polanski received the Silver Lion for Best Direction.

But France has submitted several titles on a short list. They will then choose from among them including “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and the newest telling of “Les Miserables.”

The sad irony here is that Polanski has lived in France as a French citizen for three or four decades.

This year, Polanski– who won Best Director at the Academy Awards in 2003 for “The Pianist”– was expelled from the American academy in wake of the #MeToo Movement.

France, by the way, has not won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar since “Indochine” in 1992. They haven’t had a film in Oscar competition since 2015’s “Mustang.”

Ironically, he’s a character in a movie that could win a lot of Oscars next February, Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” That movie goes back and changes Polanski’s real life history, saving his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, from being murdered, in 1969. It’s possible that 8 years later Polanski would then not have been involved in the scandal that irretrievably changed his career.

Alas, all that is fantasy. And in this political climate, no matter how good “An Office and a Spy” is, it seems it will not be going into contention for the Oscars.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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