Hollywood has not been shy in turning its award shows into a politically-charged spectacle to address the issues at hand. But at the ninth Governors Awards this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences steered clear of discussing the sexual harassment scandal that continues to rock the industry, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After multiple allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against media mogul Harvey Weinstein a month ago, newer and more significant names such as James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Brett Ratner an Louis C K have joined the list and still counting. Unlike the explosive Golden Globes, Emmys and Tonys, the awards saw the fraternity bestow honorary Oscars on five legends - Donald Sutherland, Agnes Varda, Charles Burnett, Owen Roizman and Alejandro G Inarritu. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg echoed the sentiment, "Tonight, we all aspire to reach higher.
We all aspire to dream bigger tonight - to be greater." If at all, actor-director Angelina Jolie hinted at the current controversy as she introduced Varda on the stage. "We need to draw strength from artists like Agnes. Those women who went first, who took that first step, showed the way for all of us," she said. Hoffman, who was accused of sexual harassment by two women, presented the award Roizman, with whom the veteran actor has worked in "Tootsie".
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