This Is What A Post Weinstein Hollywood Event Looks Like

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The disconnect pointed to an industry still reeling to grasp a sense of its own center, and, perhaps, eager to escape the explosive headlines that have consumed Hollywood, if only for one night. So, instead of an update on the Academy's plans to establish a code of conduct for its membership, recently elected Academy president John Bailey set the tone for the evening by keeping the focus on the evening's honorees, with tributes to cinematographer Owen Roizman (The French Connection), directors Agnès Varda (Cleo from 5 to 7) and Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep), actor Donald Sutherland (Ordinary People), and filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, honored for his groundbreaking virtual reality installation about crossing the southern American border, Carne y Arena. (An Academy spokesperson said the Board of Governors will begin formally discussing the code of conduct at its first scheduled meeting next month.)

Still, Weinstein's shadow loomed over the evening. Before accusations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape from at least 70 women obliterated Weinstein's career — including the Academy's Board of Governors vote to expel him from membership — he had been one of the most towering figures at the Academy Awards. Films released by Weinstein's companies have won 81 Oscars according to Forbes, and Weinstein is largely credited with pioneering the practice of aggressive campaigning that has come to define the awards season.

The Governors Awards, launched in 2009, have become a crucial event in that campaign season, and Weinstein was often a fixture at the ceremony, glad-handing and schmoozing while the stars and filmmakers of the movies he backed got valuable face-time with Academy voters. That practice was on ready display Saturday night. Ben Mendelsohn (Darkest Hour) and Sarah Paulson (The Post) met for the first time by geeking out over each other's talent; later, Paulson posed for a photo with fellow Best Supporting Actress competition Allison Janney (I, Tonya) and Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird). Tables featuring the casts of buzzy awards movies like Call Me By Your Name, Mudbound, The Disaster Artist, and The Big Sick were scattered throughout the ballroom, while longshot contenders like Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Darren Aronofsky (Mother!), Sam Elliott (The Hero), Laurence Fishburne (Last Flag Flying), and Richard Gere (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) all put in appearances.

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