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    Polanski Furor Claims 'French Oscars' Board

    Et tu, César? Just two weeks before its annual award ceremony, the entire leadership of the César Academy resigned last night amid mounting criticism of its 12 nominations for disgraced director Roman Polanksi. The nods for An Officer and a Spy have fueled criticism that the academy is out of touch for honoring a man convicted of statutory rape against a 13-year-old girl in 1978. The 21-member board said it resigned "to find calm" and "allow complete renewal" of the leadership.

    How angry are industry insiders? Hundreds signed a petition this week calling for massive reforms of the organization.

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