Magazine article Variety

Scandal Clouds Awards Season

Magazine article Variety

Scandal Clouds Awards Season

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As we head into the third week of one of the biggest, most far-reaching sexual harassment and abuse scandals to ever hit Hollywood, it's easy to forget that we're also in the throes of the movie industry's highly competitive annual awards season. Somehow it seems a bit trivial and insensitive to be focusing on the race for gold when everyone I know working in the business or covering it is consumed with the harassment catastrophe that is gripping Hollywood.

More and more victims are coming forward, it seems by the hour, with stories not only about Harvey Weinstein but about other industry figures. Every time I check my email, a story or tip about another predator emerges. The courage of women like Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and dozens of less well-known victims is emboldening others to reveal their heart-wrenching accounts of being sexually intimidated by powerful, entitled men. Variety will continue to give voice to anyone who has suffered such egregious behavior in an effort to root out all of the offenders. …

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