Clooney urges crowd ‘not to let hate win’ | César Awards: George Clooney Urges Audience ‘Not to Let Hate Win’ in Anti-Trump Speech – 2017

César Awards: George Clooney Urges Audience ‘Not to Let Hate Win’ in Anti-Trump Speech







By Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

The actor, receiving an honorary award at the French film ceremony, also said of his wife Amal, and their expected twins, that he was “excited about the years, and especially the months, to come.”

Receiving an honorary award at the 42nd annual César ceremony in Paris on Friday night, George Clooney used the occasion to speak out against the “hate” and “fear” promulgated by U.S. President Donald Trump, warning the world “not to confuse dissent with disloyalty” and that “we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”




In a speech that was both serious and sometimes humorous, the actor was accompanied onstage by Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist), who offered up an impromptu, sometimes off-kilter translation of Clooney’s words.

After thanking the French Academy and speaking about his “fascination” for the French cinema, Clooney quickly switched to politics, starting that “as citizens of the world, we’re going to have to work harder and harder not to let hate win.”

He then incited people to “love Trump’s hate, courage Trump’s fear and always right Trump’s wrongs.”

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Clooney then addressed his wife Amal, who was seated in the audience, saying how proud he was to be her husband and that he was “excited about the years, and especially the months, to come,” in allusion to the twins they are expecting this coming June.

After a few more mistranslations by Dujardin, Clooney concluded by citing Good Night, and Good Luck‘s Edward R. Murrow, who attacked Joseph McCarthy and his Communist witch hunts in an impassioned speech from 1954: “We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men.”



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He then concluded with a quote from Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

In an interview published earlier this week in the French tabloid Paris Match, Clooney spoke about director Roman Polanski, who stepped down as this year’s César Awards president amid controversy and planned protests from French feminist group Osez le Feminism.

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In the interview (translated into French), Clooney said that “Polanski needs to put an end to this story so that it can finally be behind him.” He continued: “I don’t know enough about the Polanski affair to talk about it in detail. But what I understand is that he had an agreement with a judge and that the judge didn’t respect. I also know that the victim now supports him.” And he concluded: “When you think about all that this 83-year-old man has been through, it’s awful to imagine that they’re still after him.”

The honorary César Award has traditionally been handed out to Hollywood stars in the past years, with Michael Douglas, Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson receiving the award during the last three editions.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

BEST FEATURE
Elle

BEST DIRECTOR
Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World

BEST ACTRESS
Isabelle Huppert, Elle

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Deborah Lukumuena, Divines

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
James Thierrée, Chocolat

BEST NEWCOMER, MALE
Niels Schneider, Diamant Noir

BEST NEWCOMER, FEMALE
Oulaya Amamra, Divines

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Solveig Anspach, Jean-Luc Gaget, L’Effet Aquatique

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Céline Sciamma, Ma Vie De Courgette

BEST FOREIGN FILM
I, Daniel Blake, dir: Ken Loach

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Ma Vie De Courgette (My Life as a Cucumber), dir: Claude Barras

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Merci Patron!, dir: François Ruffin

BEST DEBUT FEATURE
Divines, dir: Houda Benyamina

BEST SHORT FILM – Tie
Maman(s), dir: Maïmouna Duocouré
Vers La Tendresse, dir: Alice Diop

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Celui Qui A Deux Ames, dir: Fabrice Luang-Vija

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Pascal Marti, Frantz

BEST EDITING
Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World

BEST SCORE
Ibrahim Maalouf, Dans Les Forêts De Sibérie

BEST SET DESIGN
Jérémie D Lignol, Chocolat

BEST SOUND
Marc Engels, Fred Demolder, Sylvain Réty, Jean-Paul Hurier, L’Odyssée

BEST COSTUMES
Anaïs Romand, The Dancer

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