Woody Allen Controversy and The Oscars


The Oscars are less than a month away and there is no shortage of controversy surrounding Woody Allen and his alleged sexual abuse of adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. Dylan released a letter stating that Allen had sexually abused her over 20 years ago; Allen has vehemently denied these accusations. The media world is in a state chaos as both Allen and Farrow have many people supporting their sides of the story.

This is not the first time this issue has come up within the public eye. In 1992, Dylan Farrow first came forth with the accusations of sexual assault against Allen. In 1993, Allen would lose the battle for custody over his children and be forbidden to see Dylan for six months. After several months the trial died down and there were never any charges laid against Allen.

Mia Farrow, the ex-girlfriend of Allen and adopted mother of Dylan Farrow, has supported the claims made by her daughter. Both Allen’s lawyer and his adopted son, Moses Farrow, who is also the brother of Dylan Farrow, have stated that they believe Dylan has been heavily influenced and persuaded by her mother to hate Allen. Moses went on to say that he believed their mother was trying to punish Allen for leaving the family by making his children dislike him.

Farrow singled out actors Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett in her letter, who were the stars in Allen’s film, Blue Jasmine. Blanchett simply stated that she hoped the family could resolve their conflict. Baldwin took to twitter to tell the public to mind their own business and stay out of other families’ personal issues.

Farrow believes that Hollywood and the media are only worsening her situation by ignoring her calls for help and continuing to support Allen and his work.

Allen was the recipient of the lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globe Awards this year and Farrow stated in her letter that seeing Allen receive awards was one of the reason she chose to finally speak up about her past. Both Mia Farrow, and her son, Ronan Farrow, objected to the fact that Allen received the award via twitter.

Despite all the controversy, the show must go on. The Oscars will take place on March 2, where Allen’s film Blue Jasmine is nominated for three awards. Allen received an Oscar nomination himself for best original screenplay; he will be looking for his fourth Oscar and his first since 2012 for the film Midnight in Paris. Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins were nominated for best actress and best supporting actress for their roles in the film as well.

With the controversy surrounding Allen, and the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the month leading up to The Oscars has not been a month to rejoice about. It will be interesting to see what the reception will be for Woody Allen when his name is announced, and if he goes on to win the Oscar. And there will no doubt be a lengthy video tribute prepared for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

By Eric Kummel


The Star
National Post

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