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Actress Geena Davis critical of Oscar host

10:49 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
In this Jan. 13, 2013 file photo, 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane presents the Academy nominations for the 85th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. MacFarlane discussed his preparations for the Oscar ceremony during interviews Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Photo, File)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Oscar winner Geena Davis says remarks reflecting disrespect for women by the host of the Academy Awards overshadowed the win of an animated film with a strong female character.

Davis, star of "Thelma & Louise," referenced host Seth MacFarlane's much-criticized Oscar routine during a ceremony on Monday at the state Capitol. She was among 11 California women honored for their achievements.

Davis said MacFarlane's quips about nude scenes and the attractiveness of several female actresses demonstrated how "tone-deaf" some people can be on gender issues.

She commended "Brave," which won best animated picture, as setting a positive example for girls.

Two female state lawmakers sent a letter to the motion picture academy asking it to condemn MacFarlane's performance as degrading toward women.


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