Well, Obviously – Polanski’s Wife Refuses To Join Oscars Body Which Threw Out Polanski


Or perhaps this isn’t so obviously – who knew of a modern wife willing to stand up for the honour of her husband? Or perhaps the French do these things differently. Perhaps not so much worrying about fidelity and a great deal more about such things about that honour*. Still, that’s what has happened, Emmanuelle Seigner has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures – the people who award the Oscars – and has rejected the invitation on the fairly useful grounds that they threw her husband out.

I mean sure, they had reasonable grounds for getting rid of him but still:

Roman Polanski’s wife has rejected an invitation to become a member of the awards body behind the Oscars, extended weeks after it expelled her husband.

French actress Emmanuelle Seigner accused the Academy of “insufferable hypocrisy” over the incident.

Well, no, I don’t think we can call it insufferable hypocrisy, not really. Polanski was convicted of unlawful sex with a 13 year old, Ms. Seigner not so much:

French actress Emmanuelle Seigner on Sunday rejected an invitation to join the body that awards the Oscars in response to its decision to expel her husband, director Roman Polanski, over a statutory rape conviction.

Expelling me from a pub because I’m drunk while allowing my wife in for a glass of wine the next day isn’t hypocrisy, is it? It might cause the odd ruction within my own family but that’s my/our lookout.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last month announced that it had swelled its ranks by more than 900 members, as part of its drive for a more inclusive Hollywood.

Presumably not inclusive enough to allow back in statutory rapists. Which is a pity as given the age at which most do lose their virginity these days that’s quite a large minority really.

“How can I ignore the fact that a few weeks ago the Academy expelled my husband, Roman Polanski, in an attempt to appease the zeitgeist — the very same academy which in 2002 awarded him an Oscar for The Pianist! A curious case of amnesia,” she wrote.

“The Academy probably thinks that I am enough of a spineless, social climbing actress that I would forget that I have been married for the past 29 years to one of the world’s greatest directors,” she added.

Well, yes. We might not agree here of course but there’s a certain justice to how she’s put that. There are enough out there that would overlook that hubby matter after all.

*There is an old story about the French wife having an affair who refused to tu toyer with her lover – that would be disrespectful to her husband.