The Oscar won’t go to Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein was voted out of the Academy on Saturday after the Board of Governors held an emergency meeting to review his status in the wake of mounting sexual misconduct allegations against the Hollywood honcho.
“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the Academy said in a statement.
The board of 54 members, which includes 21 women and industry greats like Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg, indicated that the decision serves as an example for all Academy members.
“What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society,” the statement continued.
It is unclear if Weinstein will be revoked of his Oscars. The producer would be the first to lose his awards in the history of the ceremony.
Weinstein (third from left) and other producers of “Shakespeare in Love” hold their Oscars with the film’s star and Best Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, after their film won Best Picture at the 71st Annual Academy Awards ceremony in 1999.
Weinstein won the Best Picture Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999 and was personally nominated for “Gangs of New York” in 2002.
Miramax and Weinstein Co. have been nominated for 300 Oscars over the years and landed 26 Oscars for Best Picture, including for the films, “The King’s Speech,” “The Artist” and “The English Patient.” The most recent Oscar he took home was for “Lion” earlier this year.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday, Bob Weinstein said his brother Harvey should be expelled from the Academy and said he would write a personal letter urging them to do so. Rose McGowan, who claimed Weinstein raped her and was paid a $ 100,000 settlement from him in 1997 after an incident in a hotel room, called out the Academy in a post on Twitter, writing, “OscarsSoRape.”
Weinstein has been thanked in Oscar-winning acceptance speeches at least 34 times since first beginning his career at Miramax— which is as many times as God. The only person thanked more than Weinstein at the Academy Awards is Steven Spielberg, according to an analysis by Quartz.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a strict set of bylaws that state any “member of the Academy may be suspended or expelled for cause by the Board of Governors.”
A decision was made by a majority two-thirds vote by the Board to have Weinstein kicked out.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
Weinstein’s membership to the British Academy of Film and Television was also suspended earlier this week in the wake of the allegations.
The accused producer is also an agenda item at the Television Academy’s board meeting Thursday, Deadline reported Saturday.
The spokesman declined to identify Weinstein as a member of the Television Academy, which runs the annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Weinstein has received numerous Emmy nominations for “Project: Greenlight” and “Project: Runway.”
“Our view has been this alleged behavior is abhorrent and appalling. We expect this to be discussed at our Board Of Governors meeting this Thursday evening,” the official said, according to Deadline.
The decision to kick someone out of the Academy is highly uncommon. Both Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski are still members.
Mel Gibson, who went on an anti-Semitic rant tirade in 2011, is also still a well-regarded member, even having been nominated for a Best Director nomination for “Hacksaw Ridge” this year.
The Academy’s quick action has caused speculation that they would need to monitor every member’s behavior more closely now.
The Oscars have been scrutinized in recent years for allowing nominations of Gibson for his bad behavior and Casey Affleck, who was accused of sexual harassment and reached an undisclosed settlement with two former female employees.
Affleck ultimately took home the Oscar for Best Actor this year for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea.”
The ceremony has also been dubbed “OscarsSoWhite” due to the limited amount of people of color nominated for awards.
Allegations against Weinstein began mounting after the New York Times published a bombshell report last week with actress Ashley Judd and countless others accusing the famous film producer of sexual harassment. A New Yorker piece followed on Tuesday, which featured three women alleging they were raped by Weinstein early in their careers.
With Nicole Hensley