Governors Awards Omit Mention (Onstage) of Sex Harassment Scandals

Dustin Hoffman on the Governors Awards on Saturday evening.

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LOS ANGELES — The present apparently goes on.

On Saturday evening, as chauffeured S.U.V.’s carrying the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Steven Spielberg inched by means of gridlock site visitors en path to the Governors Awards, the primary main cease on Hollywood’s lengthy march to the Oscars, a query hung within the air: How would attendees deal with self-celebration at a time when sexual harassment scandals are engulfing the leisure trade?

On the presenter record had been some of Hollywood’s most outspoken ladies, together with Angelina Jolie, Ava DuVernay and Jessica Chastain. Would the tone be much less gleeful than standard? Perhaps the Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne would stream rather less freely?

The consequence was maybe summed up finest by a second through the cocktail hour, when a waiter arrived with a tray of hors d’oeuvres. “Deviled eggs for everyone!” he cheerfully pronounced.

Indeed, the subject of sexual harassment went unmentioned through the formal ceremony, which lasted greater than three hours and lined honorary Oscars for the cinematographer Owen Roizman, the actor Donald Sutherland and three administrators — Agnès Varda, Charles Burnett and Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The closest anybody got here to the elephant within the room was Ms. Jolie, who launched Ms. Varda, the filmmaker credited with inspiring the French new wave motion along with her 1956 movie, “La Pointe Courte.”

“We need to draw strength from artists like Agnès,” Ms. Jolie stated from the stage. “Those women who went first, who took that first step, showed the way for all of us.”

Then Ms. Jolie and the mischievous Ms. Varda did a bit of dance.

It appeared throughout just a few moments as if the Governors Awards had been happening in a parallel dimension the place the torrent of sexual harassment allegations in opposition to male stars, producers and administrators didn’t exist. Dustin Hoffman, as an example, strode onstage and was greeted with enthusiastic applause. In latest weeks, Mr. Hoffman was accused of sexual harassment by two ladies. He issued an apology on Nov. 1.

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