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There's Been A Mass Exodus From The French Oscars Over Roman Polanski

The film industry is starting to walk away from abusers.

In an unprecedented move, French film academy has seen a massive walk out over their awards nominations list. All 21 people on the board that runs the César Academy have announced that they’re quitting after the upcoming César Awards – the French version of The Oscars – on February 28th after Roman Polanski lead the nominations for the year.

Roman Polanski is known for making a couple of films that won awards, but his name is most commonly associated with the time he plead guilty to raping a 13 year old girl, Samantha Geimer. He plead guilty to the rape in order to avoid other charges like false imprisonment and seduction of a minor.

He fled from the USA and had an international arrest warrant put out against him, and is now accused by five women of assaulting them when they were underaged.

Somehow he’s still making movies, and in 2019 he directed a film called An Officer And A Spy. This film picked up 12 nominations in the César Awards, which is what lead to the entire Board resigning.

“To honour those who made films in 2019, to regain serenity and make the cinema festival a celebration, the board of directors of the [film academy] made a unanimous decision to resign,” the Board said in a statement.

For more about the future of the American Oscars, listen to the GOAT Team chat about what could come next…

I absolutely commend the decision from the César Academy Board, it’s really refreshing to see a strong stance against injustice. But then I think that it’s sad this feeling is so rare.

In the past week, we’ve seen Natalie Portman’s cape, embroidered with the names of all the female directors who were snubbed, divide opinions everywhere. Rose McGowan even called it “disgusting.” 

We need more Joaquin.

It’s taken a long time for Harvey Weinstein to be charged, but we still see people like his lawyer say that sexual assault is about putting yourself “in that position.” It’s taken a long time for us to acknowledge the gender and race discrepancies in the Oscars nominations, but we’re still calling Natalie Portman’s cape attention seeking. It’s taken a long time to try and get Roman Polanski out of the spotlight, but he’s still leading the award nominations at a the French equivalent of the Oscars.

It’s taking a long time to get to where we need to be, but we can find comfort in the fact that at least we’re moving in the right direction.

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with mental health issues, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.

ABBA Looked That Iconic Because They Were Trying To Get A Tax Cut

You are the tax cut queen.

The pursuit of tax cuts have a lot to answer for in this world. For the most part it gives us the Panama Papers and Jeff Bezos, but this time it’s actually given us something good. Tax cuts are to blame for ABBA’s iconic outfits, rhinestones and all.

Speaking about what the band wore at the height of their fame in Abba: The Official Photo Book, Björn Ulvaeus said that “In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.”

While I’m pretty sure almost everyone would disagree with that these days, there method behind the sequin-covered madness. In Swedish law at the time, you were allowed to write off the cost of your costumes on tax, as long as they weren’t able to be worn as everyday street clothes. 

So how do you make sure nobody can argue that your clothes are street worthy? You file for your tax cut and then bling the hell out of them so you come out looking like, well, ABBA.

Speaking about their Eurovision win, Björn also said that “We figured with our clothes, people would remember us even if we finished ninth.” He was absolutely not wrong. 

If you’ve been hanging out for new music from ABBA, then I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get your ears around it. After announcing that they had reunited as a band in 2018, they promised us a new track by the end of that year – the first since Thank You For The Music in 1982.

As you may well have noticed, we don’t have that new music yet, and the release date has been pushed back a couple of times now. The most recent date we’ve been given is Benny Andersson saying that the group is “aiming” for a September 2020 release date.

So bust out the platforms, sparkles, and other non-streetwear clothes. You’ll need them come September.

Want more iconic looks? The GOAT Team spoke to Murray from The Wiggles about that rumoured Lil Nas X collab…

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The ‘Cats’ Artists Are Clawing Back At Your CGI Jokes

Cat fight.

It’s been a couple of months since Cats first graced our local cinemas, but I cannot stop thinking about it. It’s been the butt of almost every joke since it debuted, and even the actors are just having to cop it and make fun of the film themselves, or else be laughed at even harder for taking it seriously. The artists behind the special effects aren’t laughing though, and they’re over being blamed for making Cats a dumpster fire. 

You might have seen the moment at the Oscars where James Corden and Rebel Wilson waltzed out onto the stage in bad cat costumes to present the award for best visual effects. Opening with “As cast members of the movie Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects.” 

It got a laugh from the audience, but it absolutely didn’t go over well with the artists who had actually put in the effort to make the film look the way it did.

First we saw this Tweet from Yves McCrae, one of the VFX Artists who worked on Cats.

And if that wasn’t spicy enough, the 4000 strong Visual Effects Society then put out a statement about the jokes.

“Last night, in presenting the Academy Award for outstanding visual effects, the producers chose to make visual effects the punchline, and suggested that bad VFX were to blame for the poor performance of the movie Cats.” 

“The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly. The Visual Effects Society is focused on recognising, advancing and honouring visual effects as an art form – and ensuring that the men and women working in VFX are properly valued.”

The visual effects artists had no creative control over this film, and the fact that it turned out as wild as it did isn’t really on them. Using them as a scapegoat isn’t fair, and they deserve whatever credit the film deserves. 

I still find it terrifying, though.

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