Ever since the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences decided to kick out Harvey Weinstein in the wake of his numerous sexual assault accusations, many in Hollywood have been waiting for the next expulsions to come down. After all, Weinstein was merely the tip of the iceberg over the last number of months. In the wake of the industry attempting to cull its ranks of notorious predators, it makes sense for the folks behind the Oscars to want to try to do the same. Well, today was the day, as the Academy voted to expel both Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from their ranks.
As stated by The Hollywood Reporter and numerous other outlets earlier today, Cosby and Polanski are out. The former was also removed from the Television Academy as well, so now that his criminal conviction has come down, the industry is moving to fully rid themselves of him. As for Polanski, the controversial figure will no longer be welcome by Oscar. The Academy Award winning filmmaker still has defenders in Hollywood, but they’re much fewer and farther between than in previous years. Cosby and Polanski are the ones to have the hammer come down on them today, but more could be coming.
This is a piece from the statement that came from AMPAS:
“The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity,”
One has to assume that this is just the first step in a continuing process. Some have mentioned Woody Allen as a potential next expulsion target, but as Mark Harris mentioned on Twitter, Allen isn’t a member, so that’s a moot point. For now, it seems like the Academy is trying to take some responsibility and respond to the continuing evolution of Hollywood and the seriousness of sexual assault accusations.