(USA TODAY) - This weekend's detailed accusation of sexual assault against Woody Allen had tongues wagging, a studio scrambling and pundits pondering the filmmaker's future.
But it isn't likely to change this year's Oscar race, in which Allen's
In a volley of online accusations, press-release rebukes and angry columns this weekend, Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation -- and Allen's vehement denial -- has split Hollywood.
"It's Time to Shun Woody Allen," the trade website The Wrap proclaimed in a guest editorial Sunday.
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"I'll never watch another Woody Allen film again," writes columnist Richard Stellar. "I've been a fan, advocate of his world view, evangelist of his art -- but no more. After reading Dylan Farrow's op-ed...my disgust will override any fandom feelings that may linger."
Farrow's claim in a
"This is a very complicated situation and a tragedy for everyone involved," the studio said in a statement. "Mr. Allen has never been charged in relationship to this, and therefore deserves our presumption of innocence.
"Films are major efforts of collaboration. There are scores of artists and craftspeople behind Blue Jasmine. We support and celebrate their extraordinary work here, and count Blue Jasmine as a major achievement of Mr. Allen's career."
Allen, speaking through representative Leslee Dart, staunchly refuted the story, calling the story "untrue and disgraceful."
After the 1992 allegation, "a thorough investigation was conducted by court-appointed independent experts," the release says. "The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother
While the controversy likely sealed Allen's fate as an also-ran in Oscar's best-original-screenplay category, analysts don't expect it to upend
"As long as she doesn't take sides, she will likely win," says Tom O'Neil of Oscar forecasting site Gold Derby. "So far, she's been the picture of diplomacy."
When asked by a reporter what she thought of the scandal, Blanchett, attending a party in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Saturday, responded that she hopes the family can "find some sort of resolution and peace" in a "long and painful situation."
"That was brilliant, to put the family first and leave Woody out of it," O'Neil says. "If she can maintain that separate air, she's safe."
But what about Allen? Analysts wonder whether actors -- and, most importantly, moviegoers -- will indeed shun the 78-year-old filmmaker.
"Actors may have strong personal feelings that change whether they want to work with him," says Jeff Bock of Exhibitor Relations. "I don't think you're going to see an immediate impact, but scandal can bring you down if people ultimately decide for themselves whether it's true. Look at