Richard Gere will be at Cannes this year: why was the Pretty Woman star banned from Oscars for 20 years? – Cinema News

Richard Gere will be at Cannes this year: why was the Pretty Woman star banned from Oscars for 20 years? – Cinema News
Richard Gere will be at Cannes this year: why was the Pretty Woman star banned from Oscars for 20 years? – Cinema News

For 20 years, Richard Gere was banned from the prestigious Oscar ceremony. Although he was still able to attend once or twice despite this ban, he was never able to be named. Find out the reason…

It’s not uncommon for a Hollywood star to be ignored by the Oscar Academy for several decades. In fact, there are a number of deserving actors who, surprisingly, have never been nominated for an Oscar during their careers. Richard Gere is part of the list: in almost 50 years of career, he has never been nominated for a golden statuette despite prestigious films like An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and super hits like Pretty Woman (1990). But unlike many of his colleagues, there is an explanation for his case: he was completely banned from the Oscars for 20 years!

Even if the reasons why Will Smith, Roman Polanski and Harvey Weinstein were declared persona non grata are obvious, it is quite surprising that Richard Gere was banned from the Oscars. After all, the 74-year-old isn’t exactly the type to create scandal. Whatever…

A political side

At the 65th Academy Awards in 1993, the star of Private Affairs (1990) presented the award for best production design, which went to Luciana Arrighi and Ian Whittaker for Return to Howards End (1992). However, instead of just congratulating the winners, the actor took the opportunity to criticize the Chinese government for its treatment of its people and the Tibetans. The actor is a longtime follower of Tibetan Buddhism and a harsh critic of China.

Academy Awards

So he quickly deviated from the words written on his teleprompter to draw attention to this problem: “Knowing how horrible and appalling the human rights situation is in China [et au Tibet]I wonder if we could all send some love, truth and a little sanity to Deng Xiaoping right now in Beijing, maybe he would take his troops, move them away from Tibet and allow these people to live again as free and independent people”, he then declared.

Deng Xiaoping was the Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China and unofficially the number one leader of the People’s Republic of China.

Listen to his speech in the video below (in original version):

Ban and one-off returns

It is therefore this committed speech which not only earned him a lifetime ban from entering China, but also a 20-year ban from Oscars. However, he was allowed to return ten years later to attend the 2003 ceremony when the musical Chicago, in which he played lawyer Billy Flynn, was nominated for 13 awards – and won 6, including that of the best film.

The actor also attended the 2013 Academy Awards, again 10 years later, to present the awards for Best Motion Picture Score and Best Original Song alongside his co-stars from Chicago : Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In a brief comment on the subject to the Huffington Post, he said: “Apparently I have been rehabilitated. It seems that if you stick around long enough, they forget they banned you.

Direction Cannes

Richard Gere will soon be seen in The Making Of, opposite Diane Keaton and Blake Lively. He will also star opposite Diane Kruger in Longing by Savi Gabizon.

Finally, he will mainly be appearing in the dramatic comedy Oh Canada by Paul Schrader, a film with Uma Thurman and Jacob Elordi, which is in competition at Cannes this year – a festival which he has the right to and will attend!

In the meantime, his latest film, the romantic comedy Yes, I want it ? (2023) Michael Jacobsin which he also played alongside Diane Keatonor William H. Macy And Susan Sarandonis available for streaming on Paramount+.

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