Hollywood held its first Oscar celebration Saturday night, but oddly enough, no one mentioned the wave of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and even rape allegations currently engulfing the entertainment industry.
At the ninth annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards, which honors Academy members for their long-term achievement in film, "not one of the night’s presenters or honorees mentioned the sex-abuse scandal that’s been spreading through the industry," according to the New York Post, which covered the un-televised event.
Out of the public eye, and not bothered by the presence of "everyday Americans" who view the entertainment industry with both skepticism and, lately, revulsion, Hollywood rubbed elbows, danced, and dined, as elites awarded themselves a bevy of gold statuettes.
Dubbed as "one of the most exclusive parties of the year," the event featured, according to Page Six, a who's who of attendees, including Tom Hanks, Guillermo del Toro, Salma Hayek, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Ben Stiller, but no Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C. K., Brett Ratner, James Toback, or any of the other dozens of entertainment industry bigwigs currently under investigation — in some cases from law enforcement — for alleged sexual misconduct.
Even stars who'd typically be waxing poetic about the social justice implications of a misogynistic entertainment community, like actress Sarah Paulson and comedian Kumail Nanjian, were noticably silent when there were no average Americans to lecture about their own moral superiority.
The tone may be markedly different in the coming months as awards shows move from exclusive, high-end hotel ballrooms and onto television screens. The Golden Globes and Oscars are both about to announce their nominees, and Hollywood is in high gear, campaigning for those same golden statuettes. It will be intriguing to see if Hollywood is just as silent in the public eye as it is in private.