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Brad Pitt snubs French Oscars as Roman Polanski row rages

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Director Roman Polanski says he will not attend the awards because he fears a 'public lynching'

A picture shows a poster reading "Cesars of shame" placarded on the street near the Salle Pleyel venue, where the Cesar cinema awards ceremony is to be held the next day, on February 27, 2020, in Paris. - The academy organising France's Cesar awards is going through a crisis after the entire board resigned amid calls for reform and a row over the long-running Roman Polanski scandal. The Cesar Academy has been under fire since the end of January after Roman Polanski's film "An Officer and a Spy" (J'accuse) topped the list of nominations for this year's Cesar awards, due to be handed out on February 28. Polanski told AFP on February 27, 2020, he would not attend the ceremony French Oscars because he fears a "public lynching" by feminist activists. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP)