Jimmy Kimmel noted how disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was now banned from the film industry. In making fun of Weinstein who was accused of sexual harassment from various actresses, the Oscars host and ABC late night host said how Godfather’ actor Carmine Caridi was the only other AMPAS member to be expelled. However, Caridi was banned for sharing screeners.
Caridi previously spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how he leant out screeners sent by distributors to Academy voters for Oscar consideration. He loaned videos to a man who turned out to be one of the most notorious movie pirates in history. Starting in the late 1980s, distributors began sending VHS and later DVD and Blu-ray copies of awards hopefuls to Academy members.
But with piracy issues mounting, then-MPAA chief Jack Valenti, acting on behalf of the studios, imposed a ban on all screeners. A month after his September 2003 edict and facing great pressure, Valenti agreed to exempt Academy members if they signed an agreement not to share the videos.
In January 2004, Caridi was busted for violating that agreement. In doing so, he became the first and only Academy member ever to be expelled. Says the actor in his thick New York accent, “I was doing a guy a favor and he screwed me.” Now, of course, Weinstein is another one to have been banned. Kimmel though suggested that the two men had far different reasons for being quicked out of Hollywood.
Here are some reactions to Kimmel’s joke about Caridi and Weinstein at the Oscars.
— peter conti (@PCisDef) March 5, 2018
Carmine Caridi >>>>>>>>>> Harvey Weinstein #Oscars
— Dan Claro (@ClaroDan) March 5, 2018
I’m not so sure that the VERY MUCH ALIVE actor Carmine Caridi appreciated hearing his name mentioned in this context tonight @TheAcademy
— Bill Schaefer (@bill1195) March 5, 2018
Poor Carmine Caridi #Oscars2018
— Shawna Chance (@taknachance) March 5, 2018
Carmine Caridi has suffered enough Kimmel. Leave the man alone. #Oscar2018
— Bustin & JR Itney (@PBnJ_IceCream) March 5, 2018
Caridi’s career started out on Broadway, where he appeared in Man of La Mancha. Later, he would audition for Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, getting cast as Sonny Corleone — brother to Al Pacino‘s Michael Corleone. Coppola gave Caridi different parts in the Godfather sequels. Caridi also appeared in The Gambler (1974) and Prince of the City (1981).
Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. both sued Caridi and a U.S. District Judge ordered him to pay $300,000, plus attorneys fees, to each studio. In March 2004, Sprague pleaded guilty to one count of copyright infringement and was allowed to return to his home in Illinois.
In a statement the Academy said that the board had voted on Weinstein “to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”
The 90th Academy Awards comes amid a tumultuous period for Hollywood. #MeToo and the “Time’s Up” movements will cast a long shadow over the ceremony, hosted by Kimmel for the second year in a row. The allegations against Weinstein have roiled Hollywood. Three of his accusers are expected to be presenters.
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Author: Shawn Rice