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Women introduce powerful #MeToo video at the Academy Awards

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The message of the #MeToo movement came out in bits and pieces through much of Sunday night’s Oscar telecast, but it began an emotional crescendo with a montage of activists, introduced by three women who gave prominence to the movement with their sexual misconduct accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

“This year, many spoke their truths,” said actress Annabella Sciorra, one of the hosts of the montage, “and the journey ahead is long. But, slowly, a new path has emerged.”

Ashley Judd, one of the first to publicly accuse Weinstein of abuse, spoke next to a worldwide television audience that in years past has been estimated at 1 billion. “The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the sound of powerful new voices,” said Judd, “of different voices, of our voices, together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying ‘times up.'”

The third presenter was actress Salma Hayek, who wrote a New York Times op-ed piece accusing Weinstein of being her “monster,” too. Hayek said she was so moved by the Oscar tribute to women that she was shaking. She said many of the women in the movement had to break through “the biased perceptions against their gender their race and ethnicity to tell their stories.”

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The video that followed featured a group of Hollywood actresses, directors and others marking the watershed exposure of misconduct that began in 2017.

Said actress Mira Sorvino, another of Weinstein’s accusers: “Everyone is getting a voice to express something that has been happening forever, not only in Hollywood, but in every walk of life.”




Image: Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino

Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino arrive at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.