Board members determined that neither Cosby nor Polanski, both found guilty of sex crimes, are in accordance with the Academy’s standards of conduct.
Comedian Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski have been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for not being in accordance with the organization’s standards of conduct.
The organization responsible for the Oscars said the decision came after a vote May 1 and aligns with their mission to “encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”
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Before Cosby and Polanski, the Academy had only expelled producer Harvey Weinstein over his sexual misconduct scandal and Godfather actor Carmine Caridi for sharing awards screeners.
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Polanski fled to Europe in the late ’70s to avoid jail time, which still lingers upon his return to the United States, but he has won an Academy Award as recently as 2003 for directing The Pianist. An Academy spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that Polanski’s membership status will not affect his Oscar win.
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Adam cary contributed reporting.
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