Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for Best Actress for the flawless portrayal of a fragile, slightly neurotic socialite in the movie Blue Jasmine, but because of the sexual scandal which hovers over director Woody Allen, she chose to briefly thank him, which stirred muted applause and, to some extent, forced him to join Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock in a troubled directorial trio. The common denominator between the three brilliant film directors is the sexual abuse or scandal which involved minors and actresses who could not escape from the power they exercised on the film community.
Thanks to Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett swept up almost every award this season, but when the time came to accept an Oscar, she thanked Allen for casting her and uttered her appreciation. Although the movie earned $ 94.8 million worldwide and its budget did not exceed $ 18 million, Blue Jasmine was not nominated in the Best Film category and its director was not selected among the nominees in the Best Director category, which sparked rumors with regard to the Academy’s negative view regarding the director accused of sexually abusing his daughter. Therefore, Woody Allen could join Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock in a troubled trio, bound by resonant accusations which affected their image.
Roman Polanski, Sexual Abuser
In 1977, film director Roman Polanski sexually abused a 13-year-old model and fled the United States one year later, after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual acts with Samantha Geimer. The director lived in Europe for 32 years and even won an Oscar in 2003 for his creation, The Pianist. Fast-forward 11 years, Woody Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine received an Oscar, but the coldness regarding the rightfulness of the award caused the director to join Polanski and Hitchcock, another brilliant, yet reportedly deviant artist in a troubled trio which could scar his image for life.
A current judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court mentioned that, in the light of the actions of late judge Laurence A. Rittenband, if Polanski were to return to the United States, he would be set free.
Behind Alfred Hitchcock’s Genius
Woody Allen is currently accused of sexually assaulting his daughter when she was a child, but he is not the only ingenious director accused of being a pervert. Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, knighted by the Queen and, just like Allen, revered by the critics, was also an evil, deviant person, according to actress Tippi Hedren. The mother of Melanie Griffith first disclosed the director’s troubled side two years ago.
“He was evil and deviant, almost to the point of being dangerous,” Hedren said.
Hedren also stated that Hitchcock was “one of the most powerful men in motion pictures and, because she refused to work with him after The Birds and Marnie, he used his power to prevent other directors from casting her in their films. Although in Allen’s case, the actresses he worked with had only kind words to say about him, his daughter Dylan questioned Blanchett’s conscience when trying to make her sympathize with her situation.
“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett?,” Farrow asked in an open letter.
For the cold reaction that the Oscars showed Woody Allen and Blanchett’s careful acceptance speech, the director might be joining Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock in a trouble trio, at least in the public’s eyes. Irrespective of the genius the three directors instill, the image of sexual abusers or perverts will always hover over their image.
By Gabriela Motroc