There has been a lot of talk lately over whether or not Dylan Farrow‘s open letter in the “New York Times” alleging Woody Allen molested her as a young girl would have an effect on Cate Blanchett‘s Oscar chances for her role in Allen’s Blue Jasmine. The conversation is rather ironic given the letter expressly mentions how Hollywood’s continual doting on Allen (who was never prosecuted and denies the charges entirely) and his films have made it harder for her, but at the same time many are questioning Farrow’s decision to play out an age-old family drama in the media and it continues today as Dylan’s brother, Moses, has now defended Allen in the pages of People.
As someone from the outside looking in, without any knowledge whatsoever as to what’s true and what isn’t, I wouldn’t presume to judge one way or another, though the topic of conversation is certainly an uncomfortable one. When it comes to Blanchett it would appear she’s drawn her line as Jeff Wells at Hollywood-Elsewhere has posted the following video of Blanchett accepting an award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival for her work in Blue Jasmine and while she thanks damn near everyone, outside of the extras, in the film’s cast she leaves off one specific writer/director.
I understand this comes across as a very “gossipy” kind of post, but at the same time I think it shines a light on the award race as a whole and just how weird and fascinating the politicking has become. Santa Barbara, for example, has become the place to be for Oscar nominees as they seem to carefully plan the awards they’ll hand out for presumed Oscar front-runners. So much so that Steve Pond from TheWrap.com reported on Twitter last night, “Interesting. I hear 3 of the 7 honorees at Santa Barbara Fest tonight ‘couldn’t make it.’ (3 of the ones who weren’t nominated.)” As Blanchett says at the beginning of her speech, she’d love to return in four years if they can “invent” another award for her to accept.
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Oh, and if you were wondering, yes, she thanked and praised Woody Allen at the Golden Globes after she won…
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…and at the SAGs…
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