Cate Blanchett’s acceptance speech may have read feminist, and her wording was beautiful. Except of course her thanking of Woody Allen (whose adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has come out publicly about her abuse at the hand of her proto-father) and intentional framing of him as a feminist film maker, that everyone seems so fast to ignore in congratulating her for ‘calling out the Academy.’
Blue Jasmine saw no other major nominations or awards for a reason, and her acting deserved all it won, but Cate Blanchett chose to reinforce an industry that values male filmmakers and celebrities like Woody Allen over the children and young women they abuse and violate. That doesn’t sound very feminist to me.
This is absolute and complete bullshit. She thanked the writer/director of the movie she was won a freaking OSCAR for, and did not make ANY other reference to Woody Allen himself. Blue Jasmine is an incredible movie, it was very well directed and very well written. If you choose to ignore these facts based on Woody Allen personally, then that is sad for you. I am not condoning his alleged actions in any way by saying this, and neither did Blanchett. There is no way in HELL that she could not have thanked him. She did NOT reinforce his actions, she merely thanked the man who was personally responsible for her success in this film.
ALSO, if you REALLY want to nitpick at the situation, then blame the Academy because Woody Allen HIMSELF was nominated for an oscar. Additionally, the film was nominated for best supporting actress, and in my eyes, that is a major nomination.