Oscar-Winner Roman Polanski Loses Bid For Award Reinstatement

Polanski, 87, who won an Oscar Award in 2003, was expelled by the Academy in May 2018 because of the long-standing criminal case in 1977.

Jessica David

August 27, 2020

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Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski lost his bid to get back in Oscar’s good graces on Tuesday (August 25) after a Los Angeles judge upheld his 2018 expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Polanski, 87, sued the Academy in 2019 seeking reinstatement on the grounds that his expulsion was “improper” and “invalid,” and that he had not been notified ahead of time of the move to expel. Judge Mary Strobel concluded that while the Academy could have given Polanski advance warning, the board eventually corrected that failing and gave him a fair hearing.

Strobel ruled the board had “cause” to expel Polanski, according to Variety and The Wrap. “While the board could have found the circumstances surrounding petitioner’s continued fugitive status, including his allegations of serious judicial and prosecutorial misconduct, mitigated the need for expulsion, the board’s decision is supported by the evidence, was not arbitrary or capricious, and was not an abuse of discretion,” Strobel wrote.

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