September 29, 2016

Oscars: Jean Dujardin in ill-timed French poster scandal – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: So far, suave Jean Dujardin has cruised through the awards race on behalf of his charming, silent turn in Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist.” But back home in France, the actor is bumping into a minor controversy surrounding an upcoming movie he has made with his “Artist” collaborator.

The poster for “The Players,” which stars Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, feature the two performers in “compromising positions that many argue are degrading for women,” THR reports.

“The Players” is an anthology work from a series of directors, including Dujardin, Lellouche, Fred Cavaye, Eric Lartigau, Emmanuelle Bercot, Alexandre Courtes and Hazanavicius. Each entry focuses on the theme of male infidelity, and the taglines on the already provocative posters only hammers home the lewd sentiment.

How strange, that the normally lenient French are creating waves over a suggestively sexual ad campaign.

But the trade goes on to add that this ill-timed as scandal could disrupt Dujardin’s march to the Oscars.

“All that’s missing is Jean Dujardin being deprived of his Oscar because on this side of the Atlantic, he’s trampled the politically-correct America,” French newspaper Le Point wrote.

I think it’s unlikely. But we’ll find out soon enough, as the Oscars will be handed out on Feb. 26.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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