At the 86th Academy Awards tonight, Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for her role in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine. Upon winning, she did a brief, almost muted shout out to Allen.
The controversy surrounding Allen may not be on the front page of every site and paper right now, but it’s still at the forefront of a great deal of Hollywood and non-Hollywood folks’ minds. After Dylan Farrow publicly discussed Allen allegedly sexually assaulting her at the age of 7 in an op-ed for the New York Times, thousands have flocked to support her–including many, many famous people. Farrow, in fact, called out people like Blanchett and Alec Baldwin for continuing to work with Allen despite his behavior which at best is questionable, at worst is criminal. As one might have expected, Twitter was very displeased.
I would like to thank Woody Allen for my Oscar and also for assaulting his daughter sexually.
— Flip Flap Man (@flipflapman) March 3, 2014
You know who else doesn’t understand how a grown woman could love Woody Allen? Woody Allen. #Oscars
— Blobert Ironside (@blobert) March 3, 2014
Why? Cate Blanchett, why? Your talent undeniable. Your decision to acknowledge Woody Allen, questionable. Children before directors. #Oscars
— Cheri_Renee (@Cheri_Renee) March 3, 2014
Everyone just looked around to see who clapped for Woody Allen. — Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) March 3, 2014
Best part of Blanchett’s speech was the lukewarm applause when she thanked Woody Allen — keithlaw (@keithlaw) March 3, 2014
This is Woody Allen’s 24th Oscar nomination. He is also a child molester.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) March 3, 2014
An entire audience hoping the cameras didn’t cut to them as they half-heartedly applauded the mention of Woody Allen’s name. #Oscars
— Ken Plume (@KenPlume) March 3, 2014
Everyone is really leaning hard on the “Woody Allen sometimes casts women in movies” line, huh? — Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) March 3, 2014
Cate Blanchett mentions Woody Allen’s name, and 100 million record players scratch across their record.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) March 3, 2014
woody allen referenced and the crowd “WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO REACT TO HIS NAME! STOOOOOP!”
— Jonah Ray (@jonahray) March 3, 2014
don’t thank woody allen don’t thank woody allen don’t thank woody allen don’t thank woody allen don’t thank woody allen don’t thank woody al — Debbie Downer (@LaurieFromMiami) March 3, 2014
Can’t believe Mia Farrow hacked into the In Memorium and just put Woody Allen with the word SOON #Oscars
— Barbara Gray (@BabsGray) March 3, 2014
“I got someone to thank Woody Allen. My work is done here.” – Satan
— NotKennyRogers (@NotKennyRogers) March 3, 2014
Honestly, I’m a little bummed that Cate’s speech will be overshadowed by the negativity surrounding Woody Allen, but I desperately agree with the tweets above wishing she had simply snubbed him.